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Pronunciation: /speɪs/

Translation of space in Spanish:


  • 2 2.1 uncountable/no numerable (room) espacio (masculine), sitio (masculine), lugar (masculine) leave some space for dessert deja un lugarcito para el postre to take up space ocupar espacio advertising space espacio publicitario 2.2 countable/numerable (empty area) espacio (masculine) wide open spaces amplios espacios abiertos in a confined space en un espacio restringido fill in the spaces with the answers escriba las respuestas en los espacios en blanco is there a space for this in the case? ¿cabe esto en la maleta?, ¿hay lugar para esto en la maleta? a parking space un sitio or lugar para estacionar or (Spain/España) aparcar watch this space for further developments los mantendremos informados let's clear a space for it first hagámosle (un) sitio primero
    Example sentences
    • So he was driving around looking for a free car parking space.
    • I think that at least part of the building - and its immediate area - should become a free public space.
    • Allocating wardrobes to another area frees up more space in the bedroom itself, so there is room for larger beds.
    2.3 uncountable/no numerable (for individual self-expression) espacio (masculine) vital
    Example sentences
    • They need space and freedom to run their units and develop as independent leaders.
    • He tried to play down his importance to the team, saying he is still young and needs space to develop.
    • We don't give ourselves enough space and freedom to explore, to make mistakes, and to find out who we really are.
  • 3 (of time) (no plural/sin plural) espacio (masculine) within a short space of time en un breve espacio de tiempo, en un breve lapso in the space of one hour en el espacio or lapso de una hora
    Example sentences
    • Supervisor Betty was proud of all they had achieved in the space of a year.
    • This was all the more amazing when one considers the short space of time in which it was all organised.
    • In the space of a few short months, he went from being master of a continent to a fugitive.
  • 4 countable/numerable [Printing/Imprenta] espacio (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Note that the Greek New Testament was originally written without punctuation or spaces between words.
    • Personally, I work on a computer first, then print out what I have written, leaving generous spaces for inevitable alterations.
    • Counting only letters, and ignoring characters like spaces and commas and hyphens, you can see the proof in the definition.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

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