cuanto

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Spanish[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkwanto/ [ˈkwãn̪.t̪o]
  • Rhymes: -anto
  • Hyphenation: cuan‧to

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin quantus, from Proto-Italic *kʷijentos, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷíh₂onts (how much, how many), from *kʷíh₂, neuter of *kʷís.

Cognate with French quant, Italian quanto, Portuguese quanto, Romanian cât, Ashkun ćīt, Waigali kiti, Sanskrit कियत् (kíyat), Avestan 𐬗𐬎𐬎𐬀𐬧𐬙(cuuaṇt).

Pronoun[edit]

cuanto n (correlative of tanto)

  1. whatever quantity, as much, however much
    Dame cuanto tengas.
    Give me however many you have.
Usage notes[edit]

To express the interrogative, cuánto (with an accent mark) is used instead:

¿Cuánto tienes?How much do you have?

Determiner[edit]

cuanto m (plural cuantos, feminine cuanta, feminine plural cuantas)

  1. as much [of]; as many; however much; however many
    Bebe cuanta agua quieres.Drink as much water as you want.
  2. (after “unos) few; quite a few; a handful
    unos cuantos/unas cuantas(quite) a few
    Coge unos cuantos.Take a handful (a few).
  3. (with comparatives) however much; however many; (constructing parallel comparatives) “the..., the...”
    • 1882, Víctor Balaguer, Tragedias: Los Esponsales de la Muerta, page 366:
      Cuanta más agua le quitan más le queda.
      The more water they remove for him, the more remains.
Usage notes[edit]

To express the interrogative, cuánto (with an accent mark) is used instead:

¿Cuánta agua quieres?How much water do you want?

Adverb[edit]

cuanto (correlative)

  1. as much; however much; in whatever quantity
Usage notes[edit]

To express the interrogative, the cuánto (with an accent mark) is used instead:

¿Cuánto cuesta?How much does it cost?
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Etymology 2[edit]

Recently borrowed from Latin quantum.

Noun[edit]

cuanto m (plural cuantos)

  1. (physics) quantum

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