débil


débil
adj.
1 weak, dim, faint, feeble.
Toda esa situación pinta mal This whole situation looks bad.
2 atonic.
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débil
adjetivo
1 (persona) weak, feeble
está aún muy débil para caminar he's still too weak to walk
2 (ruido) faint; (luz) dim, feeble
3 LINGÚÍSTICA weak
nombre masulino o femenino
1 weak person
nombre masculino plural los débiles
1 the weak
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FRASEOLOGÍA
débil mental mentally retarded person, mentally deficient person
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adj.
1) weak
2) faint
3) feeble
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1. ADJ
1) [persona] [gen] weak; [extremadamente] feeble; [por mala salud o avanzada edad] frail

se encuentra un poco débil de salud — his health is rather frail, he is in rather poor health

2) [carácter] weak; [esfuerzo] feeble, half-hearted
3) (=poco intenso) [voz, ruido] faint; [luz] dim
2.
SMF

es un débil mental — he's a bit mentally deficient

económicamente
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adjetivo
a) <persona> (físicamente) weak; (falto de - firmeza) soft; (- voluntad) weak; <economía/ejército/gobierno> weak

es de complexión débil — she has a weak constitution

es débil de carácter — he has a weak character

b) <sonido/voz> faint; <moneda> weak; <argumento> weak; <excusa> feeble, lame; <luz> dim, faint
c) <sílaba/vocal> unstressed, weak
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= powerless, flimsy [flimsier -comp., flimsiest -sup.], shaky [shakier -comp., shakiest -sup.], weak [weaker -comp., weakest -sup.], fragile, spineless, feeble, effete, faint, frail, feckless, thin [thinner -comp., thinnest -sup.], weakling, runt, nesh, weedy [weedier -comp., weediest -sup.], boneless.
Ex. In a world divided by ideology, by trade barriers, by military threats and nuclear fears, we librarians are not powerless.
Ex. Many paperbacks actually stand up to this usage better than the flimsy hardback covers now being produced.
Ex. The subdivision 'Discovery and Exploration' under geographic names reinforces the popularly held notion that the world outside Western Europe had no history -- and only a shaky hold on existence -- before it was 'discovered' by Western Europeans.
Ex. Problems arise from weak or outmoded structuring of subjects in the schedules of DC.
Ex. The material which carries the message is fragile.
Ex. To call a supervisor 'spineless' is to tag him as weak and therefore unfair to his really good employees.
Ex. Mearns warns us, 'Recollection is treacherous; it is usually too broad or too narrow for another's use; and what is more serious, it is frequently undependable and worn and feeble'.
Ex. Some teachers argue against book clubs, claiming that they bring together only a certain kind of avid reader, the literary equivalent of the religiously effete and over-pious.
Ex. As more and more copies are produced, so the amount of dye on the master is reduced layer by layer until the image on the copy paper becomes quite faint.
Ex. Previous research has demonstrated that frail elderly living in subsidized high-rise apartments have greater unmet needs than elderly who reside in traditional community housing.
Ex. The author wrings sick humor from its feckless heroes' forlorn attempts to escape from a drug habit that they do not really enjoy any longer.
Ex. Although it may be a bit thin in its use of standard academic sources of information, it is exceedingly strong on insider information and personal interviews.
Ex. According to Safire, when a slice a cake was put before him Putin said 'Sweets are for weaklings and children'.
Ex. Under the same regimens of treatment the number of runts produced varied from none to as much as 80 per cent of the litter.
Ex. Usually, half of us would sleep on the ground outside and the other half would go for the nesh option of sleeping in a tent or hut.
Ex. Shock as boofy blokes beat weedy intellectual in popularity contest.
Ex. By running away he shows who he is -- a boneless coward who never engaged in direct confrontation with the enemy.
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* alto y débil = spindly [spindlier -comp., spindliest -sup.].
* débil de salud = poor health.
* débiles, los = little guy, the.
* en el momento más débil de Alguien = at + Posesivo + weakest.
* eslabón débil = weak link.
* hacerse el débil = sandbagging.
* luz débil = glimmer.
* más débil de la camada, el = runt of the litter, the.
* más débil del grupo, el = runt of the litter, the.
* punto débil = blind spot, weak link.
* punto débil, el = chink in the armour, the.
* ser el contrincante más débil = punch above + Posesivo + weight.
* ser el punto más débil de Alguien = be at + Posesivo + weakest.
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adjetivo
a) <persona> (físicamente) weak; (falto de - firmeza) soft; (- voluntad) weak; <economía/ejército/gobierno> weak

es de complexión débil — she has a weak constitution

es débil de carácter — he has a weak character

b) <sonido/voz> faint; <moneda> weak; <argumento> weak; <excusa> feeble, lame; <luz> dim, faint
c) <sílaba/vocal> unstressed, weak
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= powerless, flimsy [flimsier -comp., flimsiest -sup.], shaky [shakier -comp., shakiest -sup.], weak [weaker -comp., weakest -sup.], fragile, spineless, feeble, effete, faint, frail, feckless, thin [thinner -comp., thinnest -sup.], weakling, runt, nesh, weedy [weedier -comp., weediest -sup.], boneless.

Ex: In a world divided by ideology, by trade barriers, by military threats and nuclear fears, we librarians are not powerless.

Ex: Many paperbacks actually stand up to this usage better than the flimsy hardback covers now being produced.
Ex: The subdivision 'Discovery and Exploration' under geographic names reinforces the popularly held notion that the world outside Western Europe had no history -- and only a shaky hold on existence -- before it was 'discovered' by Western Europeans.
Ex: Problems arise from weak or outmoded structuring of subjects in the schedules of DC.
Ex: The material which carries the message is fragile.
Ex: To call a supervisor 'spineless' is to tag him as weak and therefore unfair to his really good employees.
Ex: Mearns warns us, 'Recollection is treacherous; it is usually too broad or too narrow for another's use; and what is more serious, it is frequently undependable and worn and feeble'.
Ex: Some teachers argue against book clubs, claiming that they bring together only a certain kind of avid reader, the literary equivalent of the religiously effete and over-pious.
Ex: As more and more copies are produced, so the amount of dye on the master is reduced layer by layer until the image on the copy paper becomes quite faint.
Ex: Previous research has demonstrated that frail elderly living in subsidized high-rise apartments have greater unmet needs than elderly who reside in traditional community housing.
Ex: The author wrings sick humor from its feckless heroes' forlorn attempts to escape from a drug habit that they do not really enjoy any longer.
Ex: Although it may be a bit thin in its use of standard academic sources of information, it is exceedingly strong on insider information and personal interviews.
Ex: According to Safire, when a slice a cake was put before him Putin said 'Sweets are for weaklings and children'.
Ex: Under the same regimens of treatment the number of runts produced varied from none to as much as 80 per cent of the litter.
Ex: Usually, half of us would sleep on the ground outside and the other half would go for the nesh option of sleeping in a tent or hut.
Ex: Shock as boofy blokes beat weedy intellectual in popularity contest.
Ex: By running away he shows who he is -- a boneless coward who never engaged in direct confrontation with the enemy.
* alto y débil = spindly [spindlier -comp., spindliest -sup.].
* débil de salud = poor health.
* débiles, los = little guy, the.
* en el momento más débil de Alguien = at + Posesivo + weakest.
* eslabón débil = weak link.
* hacerse el débil = sandbagging.
* luz débil = glimmer.
* más débil de la camada, el = runt of the litter, the.
* más débil del grupo, el = runt of the litter, the.
* punto débil = blind spot, weak link.
* punto débil, el = chink in the armour, the.
* ser el contrincante más débil = punch above + Posesivo + weight.
* ser el punto más débil de Alguien = be at + Posesivo + weakest.

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débil1
adjective
1 ‹persona› (físicamente) weak; (falto de — firmeza) soft; (— voluntad) weak; ‹economía/ejército/gobierno› weak
es de complexión débil she has a very weak constitution
aún está débil he's still weak
es muy débil de carácter he has a very weak character
2 ‹sonido/voz› faint; ‹moneda› weak; ‹corriente› weak; ‹argumento› weak; ‹excusa› feeble, lame
da una luz muy débil it gives out a very dim o feeble o weak light
3 (Ling) ‹sílaba/vocal› unstressed, weak
débil2
masculine and feminine
los débiles the weak
es un débil mental (fam); he's soft in the head (colloq)
eres un debilucho (fam); you're a wimp (colloq)
los económicamente débiles (frml); those on low incomes
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débil adjetivo
a)persona/economía/gobiernoweak

b)sonido/vozfaint;

moneda/argumentoweak;
excusafeeble, lame;
luzdim, faint;
sílaba/vocalunstressed, weak
débil
I adj (fuerza, salud) weak, feeble: el argumento era muy débil, his reasoning was flawed
es muy débil de carácter, she is very weak
es muy débil con sus alumnos, he is lenient with his students o he is over-indulgent with his students
(intensidad de luz o sonido) faint
punto débil, weak spot
II mf
1 weak person: el fuerte oprime al débil, the powerful opress the weak
2 (blandengue) wimp: eres una débil, no aguantas nada el calor, don't be such a wimp, it's not even hot
'débil' also found in these entries:
Spanish:
A
- alicaída
- alicaído
- flaca
- flaco
- flojear
- goteo
- talón
- tenue
- blando
- flojo
- lánguido
- pelele
- sexo
English:
A
- an
- anaemic
- and
- as
- be
- chink
- dim
- do
- failing
- faint
- feather
- feeble
- frail
- from
- infirm
- limp
- link
- shaky
- shall
- should
- tenuous
- than
- that
- them
- thin
- to
- weak
- were
- what
- whatever
- wimp
- wimpish
- would
- you
- your
- yourself
- fragile
- glimmer
- hole
- low
- muted
- run
- spindly
- spineless
- weakly
- weakness
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débil
adj
1. [persona] [sin fuerzas] weak;
[condescendiente] lax, lenient;
de constitución débil prone to illness, sickly;
débil de carácter of weak character
2. [voz, sonido] faint;
[luz] dim, faint;
una débil mejoría a slight improvement;
una débil brisa movía las cortinas a slight breeze moved the curtains
3. [país, gobierno, moneda] weak;
[argumento, teoría] weak, lame
4. [sílaba] unstressed
5. [vocal] weak [i, u]
nmf
weak person;
ser un débil to be weak;
una enfermedad que ataca a los más débiles a disease which attacks the weakest o most vulnerable
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débil
adj weak
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débil adj
: weak, feeble
débilmente adv
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débil adj
1. (en general) weak
todavía se siente muy débil he still feels very weak
2. (ruido) faint
se oyó una voz débil a faint voice could be heard
3. (luz) dim [comp. dimmer; superl. dimmest]

Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.

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