Translation of precious in Spanish:

precious

precioso, adj.

Pronunciation: /ˈprɛʃəs//ˈprɛʃəs/

adjective

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    • 1.1(valuable)

      (object/jewel) precioso
      (object/jewel) valiosísimo
      capture those precious moments with your camera capte esos momentos tan preciados con su cámara fotográfica
      • we lost precious time perdimos tiempo precioso
      • I gasped in pain and let what little precious air I had left escape.
      • If we don't squander this precious space on parking, we could do all manner of interesting things on this site, which could be linked through foot and cycle tracks to the rest of Trowbridge.
      • Instead, there appears to be a headlong rush to commit precious resources in a manner that could lead to disappointment and waste.
      • Language is a precious element of cinema because it is a privileged element of mankind.
      • In fact, that's probably the most precious gift you can have.
      • Inside the red box was a diamond necklace, engraved with several other precious gems.
      • In 1634, the desire to own the precious tulip was so great it directly affected the entire Dutch economy.
      • Which just goes to show that even money cannot stop time, the most precious of all commodities.
      • There are ways to change this practice and actually save precious resources over the long term.
      • In this manner, not a precious square inch of area would be lost.
      • When photocopied, photographs become ephemeral and therefore less precious.
      • One of the most beneficial meditations in Buddhism is to contemplate how fortunate we are to have this precious life.
      • This vitality is precious: through our behavior and life-style, we can either nourish or else dissipate it.
      • The site borders the River Spey and residents are concerned that precious soakaway or catchment land will be removed, sending high waters flooding on to the new estates.
      • I must say, it's sad in light of how precious mutual affection and great relationships are.
      • Along with the fund-raising came an even more critical search - a quest to find a contributor of something more precious than cash.
      • The democracy of manners is a precious achievement.
      • You are precious in his sight, chosen and beloved from before time began.
      • The new thinking must be that human time is our most precious resource.
      • An unpleasant manner can lose you precious business.

    • 1.2(dear)

      querido
      to be precious to sb
      • this necklace is very precious to her le tiene mucho cariño a este collar
      • your friendship is very precious to me tengo en gran estima tu amistad
      • As the two lovers watched their most precious treasure, they couldn't help but grow crestfallen.
      • Our most precious heritage, our English language, is also suffering.
      • I wanted to have something precious to love and care for; it wasn't simply enough to be loved anymore.
      • I know we can't go around as if ‘walking on egg shells’, but it would be a move in the right direction to confirm to our partner that they are still very precious to us.
      • I will treat you with the utmost delicate care and concern, as if you were a precious flower.
      • We were not rich, but we had a few bits of furniture and other treasures that were precious to us and we took as much as we could, including our piano.
      • Then he loses a watch precious to his grandfather.
      • Your eyes are precious to you… but they are only a ‘window’ for your soul.
      • AT THIS time of year the plants in our gardens are using every last drop of energy they've got to produce those last magnificent blooms that are so precious to gardeners.
      • The clothes he bought in America are precious to him.
      • That relationship was extremely precious to her.
      • How could anyone do this to his precious flower?
      • She said: ‘He was so precious to me and the thought that I might lose him… all I could do was cry, sit and cry.’
      • She could see the concerned look decorating her precious face.
      • ‘They are playing with the communities that are precious to me and they're playing with my life as a worker,’ he said.
      • When Nancy and I dated, I protected her as I would a delicate and precious flower.
      • It was a view of the village from our home and was very precious to me, but now it is just a charred frame hanging on the wall.
      • The results suggested a ragtag yard sale, but for the handwritten notes explaining why each object was so precious to the possessor.
      • The further expansion of higher education in the 1960s made the prizes too precious to share.
      • But, to be downright honest I am scared of losing the four to five people who are absolutely precious to me now and I really do not want to even imagine what life would be like once they move on.

    • 1.3

      her precious son su queridísimo hijo ironic
      • you can keep your precious ring guárdate tu maldito anillo
      • Precious time can be saved if you get your mailing list in strict order.
      • I would like to offer my sincere apologies for wasting precious seconds of your life.
      • He tore it to shreds, leaving precious little of it intact.
      • I spent my time doing chores and praying, leaving precious little time for friendships.
      • There may be precious little grace in these streets, but there's a precious lot of talent in these pages.

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    (affected)
    (manner/speech/person) preciosista
    (manner/speech/person) afectado
    • His art is refined but never precious, and the voice per se is simply ravishing.
    • Forthrightness can override a too precious concern for complete accuracy.
    • It is the most elegant and precious business card in the world.
    • Nothing in the musical treatment is contrived, pretentious or remotely precious.
    • Detailing is refined but never precious, allowing the house to feel at once substantial and robust, light and refined.

adverb

informal

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    precious few poquísimos
    • she's done precious little to help bien poco ha hecho para ayudar

noun

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    tesoro
    there, there, (my) precious, don't cry vamos, no llores, (mi) tesoro