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Traduções principais/Principal Translations
a indef artindefinite article: a, an (indefinite article)um, uma art indef
 There's a monster under my bed.
 Tem um monstro debaixo da minha cama.
a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (first letter of alphabet)  (1a letra do alfabeto)a sm
 Apple begins with an "a".
 
Traduções Adicionais/Additional Translations
a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (music: note)  (música: nota)sm
 The song begins on an A.
a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (music: key)  (nota musical)sm
 They're playing Grieg's piano concerto in A-minor tonight.
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a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." proverb ([sth] that you already have is better than the promise of [sth] better)melhor um pássaro na mão do que dois voando proverb
 I'm told I can do better if I keep looking for opportunities, but I'll stay at this job for now: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
a bit advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (a small amount)  (pequena quantia)um pouco loc adv
  um tantinho
 I don't just like it a bit – I like it a lot!
a bit advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (slightly)um pouco loc adv
   (levemente)um tantinho
 It's a bit cold in here!
 He was a bit too polite to be honest.
a bit nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (a short while)  (coloquial)momentinho sm
 I'll see you in a bit.
a bit long adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (slightly too long)um pouco grande loc adj
 My hair is getting a bit long; it's time to have it trimmed.
a bit of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (a small amount of)  (pequena quantidade)um pouco de loc adv
  um pouquinho
 I like a bit of cream in my coffee.
a bit of a mess nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK (shambolic)  (caótico)bagunça, confusão sf
a bit of a mess n (difficulty, predicament)  (dificuldade)bagunça sf
  meio bagunçado
 To say that there is a bit of an economic mess is putting it mildly.
a bit of a mess nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (disorderly state)bagunça, desordem sf
  meio bagunçado
 My house is a bit of a mess, but please come in.
a bit thick adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (slightly too thick)meio grosso loc adj
 The gravy seems a bit thick; I can stand a spoon in it!
 He's a bit thick though the waist.
a bit thick adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (not very intelligent)  (não muito inteligente)meio burro loc adj
 He's a bit thick, but really nice all the same.
a bit thin adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (slightly too thin)meio magro loc adj
 The gravy seems a bit thin, so I think I'll add some more flour to thicken it up.
a bit thin adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (with limited resources)  (fig., com recursos limitados)meio magro loc adj
 My budget is a bit thin, so I won't be going to Africa this year.
a bit too advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." colloquial (slightly excessively)meio exagerado loc adv
 His hair was a bit too long for me.
 She seemed a bit too calm. Something must be wrong.
a blistering pace nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, informal (great speed)  (grande velocidade)passo rápido loc sm
 Her new secretary typed at a blistering pace.
a cappella advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." music (without instrumental accompaniment)  (sem acompanhamento)a capela loc adv
 The piece is usually orchestral but they performed it a cappella.
a cappella adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (singing: without music)  (cantar sem música)a capela loc adj
 Gregorian chant is usually a cappella singing.
a certain amount nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (modicum)  (módico)uma certa quantia loc sf
 You need to use a certain amount of caution when using that product.
a certain amount nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (specified quantity)  (quantidade específica)uma certa quantia loc sf
a couple nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a pair, two)  (dois)par, casal sm
 I have a couple of sweaters in my suitcase.
 There was a couple holding hands as they walked down the road.
a couple of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (two, a pair of)um par de, um casal de loc adj
 I'll take a couple of donuts, please.
a couple of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." US, colloquial (two or three of)dois ou três de loc adj
 A couple of days ago, I saw your brother at the supermarket.
a cut above adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (superior to)  (superior a)um nível acima, à frente de loc adj
 He is a cut above the rest.
a cut above adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (superior)  (superior )um nível acima, à frente loc adj
a dab of [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (small amount or application of [sth])  (pequena quantidade)pouquinho, bocado sm
 She put a dab of perfume behind her ear and some powder on her nose.
a dear nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (kind or sweet person)  (pessoa gentil, simpática)querido sm
 Be a dear and pass me my medicine, will you?
a dime a dozen adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." US, informal (very common, not rare)  (muito comum e abundante)às dúzias loc adj
 In Hollywood, aspiring young actresses are a dime a dozen.
a dozen or so adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (around twelve)mais ou menos uma dúzia loc adj
   (dúzia de treze)dúzia de frade expres
 Can you please bring me back a dozen or so eggs from the grocery store?
a drop in the bucket nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, informal ([sth] relatively trivial)  (algo trivial)uma gota d'água loc sf
 The U.S. needs to redevelop passenger rail; Amtrak funding is just a drop in the bucket.
a drop in the bucket nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sth] with no material consequences)  (sem consequências materiais)uma gota d'água loc sf
a drop in the ocean nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK (a negligible amount)  (uma insignificância)uma gota d'água loc sf
  uma gota de água no oceano loc sf
 The money I give to charity is a drop in the ocean compared to some people.
a far cry from adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (very different from)  (completamente diferente)uma longa distância loc adj
 Life in Canada is a far cry from her homeland of Haiti.
a fate worse than death nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (terrible misfortune)  (infortúnio)desgraça sf
  destino pior do que a morte expres
a fate worse than death nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. euphemism, obsolete (loss of virginity by seduction or rape )  ((antigo) perda da virgindade)desgraça sm
  destino pior do que a morte expres
a few alguns
a few bob nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK, slang (a small amount of money)  (pequena quantidade de dinheiro)trocado sm
 I gave a few bob to kid next door; he helped me wash the car.
a few times advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (on several occasions)  (em várias ocasiões)algumas vezes loc adv
 That boy has come over a few times and always behaved himself.
a few times advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (with several repetitions )algumas vezes loc adv
 After you do it a few times it doesn't seem so terrible.
a few too many adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (an excessive quantity of)  (quantidade excessiva)muito, demais adj
 She kissed a few too many co-workers at last year's Christmas party.
 She'd had a few too many and wasn't feeling well.
a few too many nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK, slang (excess of alcohol)  (irônico: excesso de bebida)um traguinho loc sm
   (no sentido irônico)um golinho só loc sm
 The bartender kept her car keys because she had a few too many.
a few words nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (short speech or commentary)  (discurso curto)poucas palavras loc sf pl
 I was asked to say a few words at my Grandpa's funeral.
a fine mess nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (complicated or awkward situation)  (situação complicada ou esquisita)saia justa loc sf
 The lies we told got us into a fine mess when everyone found out the truth.
 Now you've done it. Look at the fine mess you've gotten us into.
a fortiori advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (law, logic: with stronger reason)  (por causa de uma razão mais forte)a fortiori expres latina
A friend in need is a friend indeed exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (a true friend is supportive and helpful)amigo para todas as horas expres
 When I was sick you certainly proved the old saying, "A friend in need is a friend indeed."
a ghost of a chance nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a very slight possibility)  (pouca possibilidade)sem a menor possibilidade expres
 My husband might run for office, but he really doesn't stand a ghost of a chance.
a good deal advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (considerably, a lot)  (consideravelmente)um tantão, muito adv
 I hope you like spicy food, because I added a good deal of fresh jalapeño.
a good laugh nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal ([sth] very funny or entertaining)uma boa risada loc sf
 I was mortified when I poured wine down my shirt, but everyone else had a good laugh.
a great deal muito
  uma boa quantidade
a great deal of effort nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a lot of effort, much effort)  (muito esforço)esforço considerável loc sm
 I put a great deal of effort into this project, and I was really offended when management ignored it.
a great time nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (fun, enjoyment)  (diversão)horas divertidas loc sf pl
 Thanks so much for inviting me; I had a great time!
a hair's breadth away advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (very close)  (pertíssimo)por um fio de cabelo, por um triz loc adj
 The house that I bought was a hair's breadth away from the sea.
 The election returns so far show that Harry is a hair's breadth away from victory.
a happy soul nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (cheerful person)pessoa feliz loc sf
a heap of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." literal (an untidy pile of)  (de coisas desordenadas)uma pilha de loc adj
 There's a heap of dirty laundry in the laundry room.
a heap of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative, slang (a lot of)  (muito)uma pilha de, um montão de loc adj
  um monte de loc adj
 Since I retired I've got a heap of time on my hands.
a hoot nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, slang ([sth] funny or fun)  (algo engraçado)uma piada, uma graça loc sf
 The party last night was a hoot! I had so much fun!
 We had a hoot at the monster truck rally.
a hoot nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. literal (owl's cry)pio do mocho loc sm
 When camping in the woods, we heard the hoots of owls instead of lullabies.
a hoot nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (any care to or for)  (não ligar, não se importar)a mínima expres
 I don't give a hoot about your opinion.
a job well done nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (task that is performed well)trabalho bem-feito loc sm
 Congratulations on a job well done!
a la advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in the style of)  (no estilo de )a la loc adv
 He swears a lot when he's angry, a la Gordon Ramsay.
à la carte à la carte
a la mode adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (fashionable, in fashion)na moda loc adj
a la mode adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." US (with ice cream)com sorvete loc adj
 I ordered a piece of pie a la mode.
a laughing matter nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sth] amusing)  (coisa engraçada)piada sf
 This is not a laughing matter; I could lose my job over this!
a laughing matter nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sth] not taken seriously )piada sf
  motivo de chacota loc sm
A level nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK (advanced school-leaving exam)  (INGL, exame)nível avançado loc sm
 He failed all his A levels so was unable to get into university.
a little advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (a small amount)  (pequena quantidade)um pouco loc adv
 Okay, I admit it – I did cheat a little on my exam.
a little advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (slightly)  (levemente)um pouco loc adv
 She was a little angry with me.
 The doctor says your blood pressure is a little high.
a little bit nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a small amount)um pouco loc adv
 There wasn't enough salt in the soup so I added a little bit.
 Could I please have a little bit of cheese?
a little bit advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (slightly)um pouquinho loc adv
 I'm just a little bit dizzy.
 It was a little bit cheeky of me to ask … but I asked anyway.
a little more adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (slightly more)um pouco mais loc adv
  um tantinho mais loc adv
 My son is 27, and his salary is already a little more than mine.
 I think the potatoes could use just a little more salt.
a little more advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (for a short while longer)um pouco mais loc adv
a little more advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (slightly more often)um pouco mais loc adv
a little more nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a small additional quantity)um pouco mais loc adv
 May I have a little more tea, please?
 Put a little more water in the bucket.
a little thing nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sth] small or trivial)  (coisa pequena)coisinha à-toa, coisinha de nada loc sf
  nadinha sf
 I know it's just a little thing, but I find the constant tapping of your foot annoying.
a long time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (a considerable period)tempo considerável loc sm
  muito tempo
 It's been a long time since we last met.
 It's been a long time since we last met.
a long time ago há muito tempo
a long way down advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (far below)bem abaixo loc adv
   (para baixo)um longo caminho loc adv
a long way down preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (a significant distance along )um longo caminho loc adv
a long way off advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in the distance)de longe loc adv
a long way off advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (distant, far away)a grande distância daqui loc adv
 Those birds are swimming a long way off shore, so you'll need a telescope to see them.
a long way off advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." US, colloquial (in the distant future)  (no futuro distante)daqui a muito tempo loc adv
 My sixtieth birthday is still a long way off.
a lot muito
  muitos
a lot more nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a much greater amount)muito mais loc adv
 I need a lot more flour to make this dough.
 A banker makes a lot more money than a teacher.
a lot more nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a much greater number)muito mais loc adv
 A few hundred is a lot more than a couple dozen.
a lot of muito de
a lot of fun nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (very entertaining)muita diversão loc sf
 Thank you for inviting me to your party. I had a lot of fun.
a lot to do with nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (closely related to)muito a ver com expres
 Bill's continual lying had a lot to do with why no one trusted him.
a lot to do with nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (largely due to)  (devido a )muito a ver com expres
 His success has a lot to do with his father's business connections.
a lot to say about nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (much to contribute on the topic of)diz muito sobre expres
 Wow, he has a lot to say about my sister's engagement.
a low point nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (least happy or successful time)péssimo momento loc sm
a man for all seasons nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (man who is capable in any situation)um homem de vários talentos loc sm
   (homem capaz)pau para toda obra expres
a man's man nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (virile or vigorous adult male)  (viril, vigoroso)homem com letra maiúscula expr
  homem com h expr
 James Bond is a man's man, and that's why he gets all the ladies.
a matter of opinion nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (subjective, debatable)questão de opinião loc sf
 Fashion is a matter of opinion.
a matter of time nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sth] which will happen eventually)questão de tempo loc sf
 They've been dating for 5 years, so it's only a matter of time before he proposes.
a mighty long time nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, informal (very considerable period)muito tempo loc sm
  um tempão expres
 34 years? That's a mighty long time to spend in one job.
a mile long adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (measuring one mile in length)uma milha de comprimento loc sf
 The road is about a mile long.
a mile long adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." US, colloquial (extensive)enorme, gigantesco adj
 Her grocery list seemed like it was a mile long!
a narrow escape escapar por pouco
a night out on the town nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (evening spent at a bar, club or party)noite na balada loc sf
 After I got my promotion, my friends and I went for a night out on the town to celebrate.
a nobody nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (an unimportant person)um joão-ninguém loc sm
 Why would she want to date me? She's a supermodel; I'm a nobody.
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