Translation of phone in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /fəʊn/


  • teléfono (masculine) would you answer o [colloquial/familiar] get the phone, please? por favor contesta or atiende or (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] coge el teléfono the phone hasn't stopped ringing el teléfono no ha dejado de sonar ni un momento or ha estado sonando sin parar we arranged it by phone o over the phone lo arreglamos por teléfono I don't want to discuss it over the phone no quiero hablarlo por teléfono to be on the phone (be speaking) estar* hablando por teléfono (subscribe) (British English/inglés británico) tener* teléfono she's on the phone at the moment está hablando por teléfono you're wanted on the phone te llaman por teléfono I'll get on the phone to her right away ahora mismo la llamo (por teléfono) (before noun/delante del nombre) [message] telefónico
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    • The bandits also stole three cellular phones and two cordless phones, before escaping in a waiting vehicle.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [person] llamar (por teléfono), telefonear, hablarle a (Mexico/México) ; [place/number] llamar (por teléfono) a can I phone you back later? ¿te puedo llamar más tarde? he phoned me back at four me llamó or me devolvió la llamada a las cuatro 1.2 (communicate) she phoned the results to us telefoneó para darnos los resultados I'll phone you the information as soon as I get it te llamaré con la información en cuanto la tenga I phoned my story through to the office llamé a la oficina y les dicté el artículo por teléfono

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • llamar (por teléfono), telefonear have you phoned for a taxi? ¿has llamado para pedir un taxi? he asked me to phone back later me pidió que llamara or telefoneara más tarde I phoned through to head office llamé directamente a la casa central

Phrasal verbs

phone around

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (make calls) hacer* unas (cuantas) llamadas I'll phone around and see who's available haré unas cuantas llamadas para ver quién está disponible 1.1verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento (call people, places) [members/hotels] hacer* unas llamadas a

phone in

1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio llamar (por teléfono), telefonear she phoned in sick llamó para dar parte de enferma, se reportó enferma (Latin America/América Latina) it's the first time I've phoned in to your program es la primera vez que llamo a su programa 1.2verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento someone phoned in a complaint about our last program llamó alguien para quejarse del último programa I phoned in my order/bet llamé para hacer un pedido/una apuesta

phone out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
llamar al exterior

phone through

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
(make a call) llamar por teléfono she phoned through with the news llamó por teléfono para comunicar las noticias

phone through to

v + adv + prep
(call, telephone) llamar por teléfono a she phoned through to reception llamó por teléfono a recepción

phone up

1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio llamar, telefonear 1.2verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb/verbo + adverbio + complemento, verbo + complemento + adverbio llamar, telefonear

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.