capaz

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since the 18th century. Ultimately from Latin capāx.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [kɑˈpaθ], (western) [kɑˈpas]

Adjective[edit]

capaz m or f (plural capaces)

  1. able, capable
    • 1775, María Francisca Isla y Losada, Romance:
      Anque à prea non hègrande
      si ca si, ò sacristan
      disque à pestàna do figado
      se lle hiba alegrando já.
      Ô cont'hè, si enturra n'eso
      Deus me libre das suas más,
      que'anque eu non queira, na Coba
      de chantarme heche capàz.
      Although the booty is not large,
      anyhow, the sacristan's
      liver's eyes, reportedly,
      were shinning bright.
      The issue is, if he persists,
      God save me from his hands,
      that even if I don't want, in the grave
      he is capable of thrusting me

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin capāx.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

capaz (plural capazes, comparable)

  1. able, capable
    Ela é capaz de patinar.
    She is able to skate.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Kabuverdianu: kapás

Interjection[edit]

capaz!

  1. (South Brazil) no way! (expresses disbelief)
  2. (South Brazil) no problem; don't mention it (polite response to a thank you)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin capāx (capable, able).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /kaˈpaθ/, [kaˈpaθ]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /kaˈpas/, [kaˈpas]
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

capaz (plural capaces)

  1. able, capable

Adverb[edit]

capaz

  1. (Latin America, sometimes with subjunctive) maybe, perhaps
    • 2004, Juan Ignacio Torres, Salir del placard, Imaginador (→ISBN), page 143:
      No se quedó enganchada sólo en decirme por qué era gay sino que sentí todo su apoyo por la separación que estaba viviendo. Me decía: “Bueno, mirá, eso pasa, capaz que vuelve, tené paciencia, capaz que te amigás”.

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