In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(imprecise, unclear)(concept/term/wording) impreciso(term/concept/wording) vagothere was vague talk of a move — se habló vagamente de una posible mudanza
- there's a vague likeness between them — existe un ligero parecido entre ellas
- there was a vague note of suspicion in his voice — había una leve nota de sospecha en su voz
- I have a vague idea of how it works — tengo una ligera idea de cómo funciona
- I haven't the vaguest idea — no tengo la más mínima / la más vaga idea
- to be vague about/on sth
- she was vague about her involvement — fue poco explícita acerca de su participación
- I'm a bit vague about what happened next — no me acuerdo muy bien / tengo un recuerdo muy vago de lo que pasó después
- the book is very vague on some points — el libro es muy poco preciso en algunos puntos
- I'm a bit vague on structuralism — sé muy poco / tengo apenas unas nociones de estructuralismo
- The news is uncertain, the details clouded and vague, and the truth behind the fact is elusive.
- Nearly all the remaining complaints were trivial, baseless or impossibly vague.
- "There are some vague memories but… " his frustrated face relaxed.
- Even so the allegations were so vague they would have been impossible to defend.
- I have very vague ideas so basically suggestions are totally appreciated as well as opinions as always.
- These people are not interested in submerging their faiths into a vague universal spirituality.
- The gales howled, and for a moment, a vague shape began to materialize from the general direction of the gate.
- There is always a vague feeling of inertia, a longing to go back to a country they have never seen.
- I have a very vague recollection of being aware of a coach or something alongside the bus.
- The question of the intelligentsia, a somewhat vague term to begin with, is not really explored here systematically.
- I sort of had this vague recollection that it was used for munitions, but that was about it.
- But for now I do feel some vague optimism, and a desire to see if I can make it work properly.
- I have vague memories of shuffling up the street to the corner shop in them, only to discover that it was closed.
- Some of the great land-based empires soon became little more than vague memories.
- She was maybe 20 and had vague hopes, somewhere down the line, of becoming an actor.
- They have only vague, dim ideas about feelings, the development and nurture of human emotions.
- As he stared, the shimmer resolved into a vague outline of a man.
- I have a vague memory that it took about eight months for him to leave office after Black Wednesday.
- Not only do I not remember them I don't even have a vague idea of what the subject matter was.
- There is certainly a need for change, but these plans at present are vague, confusing and uncertain.
2(indistinct)(sound) poco claro(outline) borroso
3(absentminded)(expression) distraído(person) distraído(person) despistado
- The party has been vague and woolly with regard to the treaty settlement process up until now.
- They remain rather vague about how they will achieve these aspirations.
- I didn't mean to be purposefully vague about the details of what happened to me.
- So I said yes, I would go to his evening class on Wednesday, about which he was so vague and mysterious.
- She was a bit vague on the legal specifics.
- "You could say that… " she answered, purposefully sounding vague.
- She is characteristically vague on a number of crucial narrative occasions.
- The Home Office, not the most tentative of Whitehall departments, kept things vague.
- The Spectator editor, as is his custom, seemed a little vague as he accosted the former party leader.
- Sorry to be a bit vague but I don't want to mention the domain in question.
- When it came to direct actions, the group discussions became purposely vague.
- You seem a little vague though, would you go so far as to describe it as a ‘cracking read’?
- The problem is that talk of the interests of justice is very vague and very general.
- I find her a bit vague and she reminds me strongly of the goth girls who used to run stalls in Kensington Market a few years back.
- Someone might reply that my explanation is vague and approximate.
- Finn was still a bit vague on the subject.
- He has been criticised for being wilfully vague about those policy plans during the campaign.
- He remained vague over the issue of privatisation which occupied the national press last week.
- An FBI statement was vague about specific details, but made it clear that threats had been made.
- Exponents of travel are often vague as to how the benefits are supposed to work.
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