- 1 1.1 (indicating alternative)(with negative)do you want the red coat or the black one?one or the other¿quieres el abrigo rojo o el negro?would you like milk or sugar?uno u otrothat's not clever or funny¿quieres leche o azúcar?eso no tiene ni ingenio ni graciaExample sentences1.2either … or … see→ either 1.3 (in approximations) nine or ten
five minutes or sonueve o diez1.4 (showing alternative designation) an environmentalist, or green, policyunos cinco minutosuna política ecologista o verdeExample sentences
- The café is a great place for locals to meet up for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
- She never learned to read or write.
- School administrators should work to ensure that the majority of students can walk or bike to school.
- Joshua was born weighing just 18 ounces - half a kilo or just over a pound.
- Spain entered the twentieth century having lost its colonies in the New World and the Pacific in the Spanish-American War or, as it is known in Spain, the War of 1898.
- By early Tuesday he was dead - a victim of the most deadly of the world's culinary delicacies, the blowfish or fugu.
- 2 2.1 (otherwise) do as I say, or else!give it to me! — or (what)?¡haz lo que digo o vas a ver!2.2 (adding afterthought) so John and I … or am I boring you?¡dámelo! — ¿y si no, qué?así que John y yo … ¿(o) te estoy aburriendo?Example sentences
- It was just an accident or was it?
- Emily, unaware of the mental battle that was going on in his mind (or was she?), kept on walking towards him.
- Hurry up, or you'll be late for class.
- We do have to leave now or we won't be back until after sunset.
- I'd better tell him myself or I'll get in even more trouble.
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Opus Dei - Latin for "God's Work" - is a Catholic organization founded in Spain in 1928. The Opus became very influential in Spanish society, above all by founding schools and universities. The aim was to create an élite which would spread Christian ideals throughout society. The University of Navarre is one of its foremost institutions.