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reason

Pronunciation: /ˈriːzn/

Translation of reason in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 u and c (cause) razón (feminine), motivo (masculine) the reason that I'm telling you is … la razón por la que te lo digo es …, el motivo por el que te lo digo es … that was the main reason I accepted esa fue la razón principal por la que acepté there's no reason why we should fail no tenemos por qué fracasar I'd like to know the reason why quisiera saber por qué or el porqué I'll want to know the reason why! ¡me vas ( or van etc) a tener que dar explicaciones! all the more reason he should go razón de más para que vaya I left it there for a reason por algo lo dejé ahí for health reasons por razones or motivos de salud with (good) reason con razón for reasons best known to herself por razones or motivos que solo ella conoce, vete a saber por qué [colloquial/familiar] she has good reason to be upset tiene razones or motivos para estar disgustada reason for sth razón or motivo de algo the reason for the delay la razón or el motivo del retraso what reason did he give for leaving? ¿qué razón or motivo dio para irse?reason to + infinitive/infinitivo I have reason to believe that … tengo razones or motivos para pensar que … there's no reason to worry no hay por qué preocuparse should you have any reason to complain si usted tuviera algún motivo de queja you've no reason to complain no tienes motivos para quejarte
    Example sentences
    • His main reason for quitting was personal, he said, as he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two children.
    • The reason for the present event, according to their explanation, is immodest behavior.
    • Their goal is simply to cause terror without a justified reason.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (faculty) razón (feminine) to reach the age of reason alcanzar* la madurez the Age of Reason la Edad de la Razón, el Siglo de las Luces to lose one's reason perder* la razón
    Example sentences
    • He believed that with his powers of reason and his faith he could master the world about him.
    • We must not believe that all opinion is ideology, that reason is only power, that there is no truth to prevail.
    • For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream.
  • 3 uncountable/no numerable (good sense) there's some reason in what she says hay cierta lógica en lo que dice where's the reason in starting over again? ¿qué sentido tiene volver a empezar? to listen to reason atender* a razones to make sb see reason hacer* entrar en razón a algn he couldn't make her see reason no pudo hacerla entrar en razón I'm prepared to do anything, within reason, to … estoy dispuesto a hacer cualquier cosa, dentro de lo razonable, para … it stands to reason es lógico

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

Phrasal verbs

reason out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
entender* ([ razonando ]) she just couldn't reason it out por más que pensaba or discurría, no lo podía entender

reason with

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
razonar* con

Definition of reason in:

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