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costar

Translation of costar in English:

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 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? go on, why don't you invite her?
  • 3 (en esfuerzo) 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/or 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 at all costs, no matter what

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 2 (resultar perjudicial) esto te va a costar caro you're going to pay dearly for this
  • 3 (resultar difícil) me cuesta creerlo I find it hard o/or difficult to believe nos costó convencerla it wasn't easy to persuade her, we had trouble o/or 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/or problem finding the house? le cuesta mucho la física he finds physics very difficult o/or hard

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