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Translation of costar in English:

verbo transitivo

  • 2 (en perjuicios) (+ me/te/le etc) el atentado que le costó la vida
    the attack in which he was killed
    the attack which cost him his life
    el accidente le costó una pierna
    he lost a leg in the accident
    le costó el puesto
    it cost him his job
    el robo le costó 10 años de cárcel
    he got 10 years for the robbery
    ¿qué te cuesta invitarla?
  • 3 (en esfuerzo) See examples: me ha costado mucho trabajo llegar hasta aquí
    it has taken me a lot of hard work to get this far
    me cuesta trabajo creerlo
    I find it hard o difficult to believe
    me costó varias noches sin dormir
    I lost several nights' sleep over it
    al fin lo logró — sí, pero le costó lo suyo
    he managed it in the end — yes, but not without a struggle
    me costó sangre, sudor y lágrimas terminarlo a tiempo
    I sweated blood to get it finished on time
    ¿tanto te cuesta pedir perdón?
    is it really so hard for you to say sorry?
    cueste lo que cueste
    no matter what

verbo intransitivo

  • 2 (resultar perjudicial) See examples: esto te va a costar caro
    you're going to pay dearly for this
  • 3 (resultar difícil) See examples: me cuesta creerlo
    I find it hard o difficult to believe
    nos costó convencerla
    it wasn't easy to persuade her
    we had trouble o difficulty persuading her
    cuesta, pero uno se va acostumbrando
    it's not easy, but you get used to it
    ¿te ha costado mucho encontrar la casa?
    did you have much trouble o problem finding the house?
    le cuesta mucho la física
    he finds physics very difficult o hard
Example sentences
  • O peor, les cuesta ser coherentes con el camino elegido.
  • Ese jean me costó 5 dólares y todavía lo tengo.
  • Esto se deshizo y va costar mucho tiempo y dinero rehacerlo.

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