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Pronunciación: /seɪ/

Traducción de say en español:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (present/presente says /sez/ past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, said /sed/)

  • 1 (utter, express in speech) [word/sentence/mass] decir*; [prayer] rezar* to say good morning to sb darle* los buenos días a algn I said yes/no dije que sí/no he said yes/no to my proposal aceptó/rechazó mi propuesta go away, she said —vete —dijo he didn't say a word throughout the whole meeting no dijo ni una palabra or [colloquial/familiar] ni pío durante toda la reunión well said! ¡bien dicho! now, say after me: I, Paul Hurst, … ahora repita conmigo: yo, Paul Hurst, … to say sth to sb decirle* algo a algn what exactly did she say to you? ¿qué te dijo exactamente? so I said to myself … así que me dije … I said (that) we shouldn't have come ya decía yo que no deberíamos haber venido I can't say I laughed much no me reí mucho, que digamos I must say it looks very nice la verdad es que es muy bonito don't say you forgot! ¡no me digas que se te olvidó! she said (I was) to give you her love me dijo que te diera recuerdos (de su parte) I can't say when they'll be back no sé cuándo volverán who shall I say is calling? ¿de parte de quién? well, what can I say? ¿y qué quieres que te diga? it was, how o what shall I say, a tricky situation fue, cómo te (lo) diría, una situación delicada if you disagree, say so si no está de acuerdo, dígalo why didn't you say so before? haberlo dicho antes I should say so (emphatic agreement) eso digo yo (probability) yo diría que sí that's to say, that is to say es decir she's very self-assured, not to say arrogant es muy segura de sí misma, por no decir arrogante she's better than he is, but that's not saying much ella es mejor que él, lo que no es mucho decir it doesn't say much for … no dice mucho de … there's a lot to be said for waiting hay muchas razones por las que bien vale la pena esperar there's nothing more to be said! ¡no hay más que decir! it will mean a lot of money, to say nothing of time supondrá mucho dinero, y no digamos ya tiempo to say the least como mínimo what have you got to say for yourself? a ver, explícate she hasn't a lot to say for herself es muy sosa enough said, I'll see what I can do about it está bien, veremos lo que se puede hacer the less said about it, the better cuanto menos se hable del asunto, mejor say no more no me digas más you can say that again! ¡y que lo digas! it goes without saying that … huelga decir que …, ni que decir tiene que …, por supuesto que … that goes without saying (eso) no hay ni que decirlo, eso se da por sentado though I say it myself modestia aparte, no es por decirlo that's easier said than done del dicho al hecho hay mucho trecho no sooner said than done dicho y hecho when all's said and done al fin y al cabo before you could say knife o Jack Robinson en un santiamén, en un abrir y cerrar de ojos least said soonest mended cuanto menos se diga, mejor
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • All of us at some time in our lives have to stand up and say a few words in public, whether to give away a bride, move a vote of thanks or make a presentation.
    • He struggled to recall clearly the words the priest had said to him almost a year earlier.
    • Only now as I stood in the airport did I realise that she really had not understood a word I was saying.
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • The funeral goes as planned, everyone says their speeches memorializing this woman to whom they now say goodbye forever.
    • See, the difference between saying a speech in class and acting with my group is a really big one.
    • Cameron had to say his speech in front of the class and he basically freaked out.
  • 2 2.1 (state) decir* it said in the paper that … el periódico decía or ponía que … it says nothing in the contract about overtime el contrato no dice or no pone nada de horas extraordinarias her smile of triumph says it all su sonrisa triunfal lo dice todo 2.2 (register) [watch/dial] marcar* what (time) does your watch say? ¿qué hora marca tu reloj?, ¿tú qué hora tienes?
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • The sun was still behind a mountain, but his watch said seven minutes past official sunup.
    • My back was damp from the moss and my watch said four hours had passed.
    • She turns and looks at her alarm clock which says eight o'clock.
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Chris, in a murder case we know the black and white letter of the law says the state does not have to prove motive.
    • The text of the affidavit says that it was completed and signed by her.
    • I got a text saying I had won £1000 and all I had to do was claim it by calling a number.
  • 3 3.1 (suppose) [colloquial/familiar] suponer*, poner*, decir* (let's) say that … supongamos or pongamos or digamos que … say she doesn't come, then what do we do? pongamos (por caso) que no viene ¿entonces qué hacemos? shall we say tomorrow? ¿qué tal mañana? [colloquial/familiar] 3.2 (estimate) decir*
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • Then go find someone else in a different line of work - say, someone with a home office.
    • In this system, the taoiseach would be elected for a fixed term - say, four years.
    • This scheme lends itself to the use of coins as scoring tokens; say, a nickel per point perhaps.
  • 4 4.1 (allege) decir* they say she jilted him dicen or se dice que lo plantó it's said he'll have to resign se dice que tendrá que renunciar he's been ill, or so he says ha estado enfermo, al menos eso es lo que dice never say I didn't warn you luego no digas que no te aviséto be said to + infinitive/infinitivo she's said to be very mean/strict dicen que es muy tacaña/severa never let it be said that I don't care que no se diga que no me importa 4.2 (decide, pronounce) decir* that's really not for me to say eso no me corresponde a mí decirlo
    Oraciones de ejemplo
    • The author of the report that was said to be prejudicial was called as a witness.
    • They also adduced what was said to be a report from the local Meteorological Station.
    • His failure, it is said, calls into question his motives in serving as a juror in the trial.
  • 5 (respond to suggestion) [colloquial/familiar] what do o would you say to a cup of tea ¿quieres or (especially Spain/especialmente España) te apetece una taza de té?, ¿qué te parece si nos tomamos un té? that's what I think; now, what do you say? eso es lo que yo pienso ¿y a ti qué te parece? or ¿y tú que dices? I won't say no no te digo que no I wouldn't say no to a drink no rechazaría una copa what say we go halves? ¿qué tal si vamos a medias? [colloquial/familiar]

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • decir* I'd rather not say prefiero no decirlo it's hard to say es difícil decirlo you were saying? ¿(qué) decías? who says osays who? [colloquial/familiar] ¿quién lo dice? says you! [colloquial/familiar] ¡eso es lo que tú dices! you don't say! [colloquial/familiar] ¡no me digas!, ¡qué me dices! I say! (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] I say! what a lovely dress! ¡pero qué vestido más bonito! I say, can you hear me over there? ¡eh! or ¡ey! ¿me oyen ahí?


  • (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], ¡oye! [colloquial/familiar] say, that's a great idea! ¡oye, qué buena idea! [colloquial/familiar] say, buddy ¡eh, amigo!


(no plural/sin plural)
  • 1.1 (statement of view) to have one's say dar* su ( or mi etc) opinión let him have his say now ahora déjalo hablar, ahora deja que dé su opinión 1.2 (share)say (in sth) I have no say in the matter yo no tengo ni voz ni voto en el asunto they want a say in the decision making quieren participar en la toma de decisiones to have the final say (in sth) tener* la última palabra (en algo)

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