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affair

Pronunciation: /əˈfer; əˈfeə(r)/

Translation of affair in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 1.1 (case) caso (masculine), affaire (masculine) the Watergate affair el caso or affaire Watergate
    Example sentences
    • The revolution in military affairs refers to this new form of information-based warfare.
    • Martin also took a keen and active interest in political affairs and events happening around the country.
    • Hitler's growing involvement in the details of economic life matched an increasing intervention in military affairs.
    1.2 (event) the wedding was a small, family affair la boda se celebró en la intimidad it was a very formal affair fue una ocasión muy ceremoniosa the last outing was a very different affair la última excursión fue muy diferente affair of honor [literary/literario] cuestión (feminine) de honor 1.3 (business, concern) asunto (masculine) changing nationality is a complicated affair el cambio de nacionalidad es un asunto complicado that's my/your affair! ¡eso es asunto mío/tuyo! what I do in my own time is my affair lo que haga con mi tiempo libre es asunto mío
    Example sentences
    • As in all matters concerning the affairs of Muslims our guide is the Qur'ân.
    • She went from running errands to running his life, convincing him that she should manage his affairs and business matters.
    • We all need to realise that religion should be a private affair and a matter of belief.
    Example sentences
    • You can be aggressive when you need to resolve business and financial affairs.
    • You are blessed with a youthful outlook and dynamism to manage business or financial affairs successfully today.
    • It had been closed some months back after the organization intervened in the business's financial affairs.
    1.4
    (affairs plural)
    (matters) asuntos (masculine plural) to put one's affairs in order poner* sus ( or mis etc) asuntos en orden a man of affairs un hombre de negocios home/internal affairs asuntos interiores/internos it's a poor state of affairs if I can't even buy myself … pues sí que están bien las cosas si ni siquiera me puedo comprar … [irónico] what's the current state of affairs in the real estate market? ¿cómo está la situación en el mercado inmobiliario?
    Example sentences
    • He enjoyed a passion for collecting art and an interest in public affairs.
    • Besides farming and fun, the clan's big interest was politics - they all felt an interest in public affairs was a duty.
    • His interest in public affairs, especially in social questions, was keener.
  • 2 (liaison) affaire (masculine), aventura (feminine) (amorosa), lío (masculine) [colloquial/familiar] she's having an affair tiene un amante he had an affair with her years ago tuvo un affaire or [colloquial/familiar] un lío con ella hace muchos años they're having an affair tienen relaciones, tienen un lío [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • This is why extramarital affairs are so damaging.
    • Swingers often point to the high rates of clandestine extra-marital affairs when discussing this issue.
    • As well, different extramarital affairs demand different strategies on the part of the spouse or others.
    Example sentences
    • The restaurant is the best; an old-fashioned wood-and-leather affair with a horseshoe bar.
    • The back light, a scratched grey plastic affair which had come with the bike, was less satisfying.
    • His early albums were scratchy affairs, recorded using just a boombox with a cheap built-in microphone.
  • 3 (thing) [colloquial/familiar] her dress was a very elaborate affair su vestido era un modelo super complicado [colloquial/familiar] it was one of those new laser affairs fue una de esas cuestiones de láser que hay ahora [colloquial/familiar]

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