Translation of tell in Spanish:
- 1 (inform, reveal) to tell somebody the truth/a lieas I was telling youdecirle la verdad/una mentira a alguienI don't know how to tell you this but …como te estaba or iba diciendodon't tell me, let me guessno sé cómo decírtelo, pero …I've been told that …no me lo digas, a ver si adivinohe was told that …me han dicho que …could you tell me the way to the station?le dijeron que …I'll tell him you are here¿me podría decir or indicar cómo se llega a la estación?I'll tell him what happenedle diré que ha llegadotell me when you've finishedle diré or contaré qué pasóI am pleased to be able to tell you that … (in letters)dime or avísame cuando hayas terminadoit's not easy, let me tell youme complace comunicarle or informarle que …I tell you what: why don't we write to her? [colloquial]no es fácil, te lo aseguro or garantizoyou're telling me! [colloquial]se me ocurre una idea: ¿por qué no le escribimos?she won't be told¡me lo vas a decir a mí!I told you so!no le hace caso a nadieno hay quien la haga entrar en razónI can't tell you how relieved I am!¿no te lo dije?¡no te imaginas el alivio que siento!Example sentences
- In other words, telling the plain truth probably would have been sufficient.
- Dad was still telling me how proud he was of me.
- One doctor told the conference he sees 50 patients a day.
- Within families a lot happens on the periphery and the most telling details are often seen out of the corner of one's eye.
- Lauren relates her story in a simple time sequence and gives telling details which make the narration gripping.
- However, a more telling statistic would be loss and damage rate per 1,000 weapons passes.
- 2 (recount, relate)(joke/tale)tell me a story he tells it like it is [colloquial]the poem tells how …cuenta or dice las cosas como sonto tell somebodyel poema cuenta or [formal] narra or relata cómo …
aboutsomebody/somethingshe's told me all about youtell us about Limame ha hablado mucho de tihave you told him about us?cuéntanos cómo es Lima ( or qué tal te fue en Lima etc)¿le has contado lo nuestro?
- 3 (instruct, warn) do as o what you're toldI won't tell you againhaz lo que se te diceno-one told me what to dono te lo voy a volver a repetirto tell somebody to +nadie me dijo qué or lo que tenía que hacer
infinitivetell them to come indecirle a alguien que+ subjunctiveshe told me to be quietdiles que pasenI told you not to do that!me dijo que me callara¡te dije que no hicieras eso!Example sentences
- With a standing order, you tell your bank to pay a fixed sum at a regular interval to an organisation or individual.
- The jury normally receives an order from the court telling it to accept the laws as they are.
- The same lawyers told him to bring charges to a civil court and the sports court of arbitrage.
- 4 4.1 (ascertain, know) See examples: it's difficult to tell her ageI can't tell the exact widthes difícil calcularle la edadI could tell from her voice that she was upsetno sabría decir qué ancho tiene exactamenteI can't tell the differencepor la voz me di cuenta de que estaba disgustadayou can tell by their clothes that they're Frenchyo no veo or no noto ninguna diferenciathere's no telling what might happenpor la ropa se nota que son francesesto be able to tell the timeno se sabe lo que podría ocurrir4.2 (distinguish) See examples:to tell something/somebody (saber decir la hora
fromsomething/somebody)it's hard to tell one twin from the otherdistinguir algo/a alguien ( dealgo/alguien)you can always tell a Rubenses difícil distinguir a un mellizo del otroto tell right from wrongun Rubens es fácil de reconocerdiscriminar entre lo que está bien y lo que está mal
- 1 1.1 (reveal) See examples: only he knows the answer and he's not tellingah, that would be telling promise you won't tell?solo él sabe la respuesta, pero no se la va a decir a nadieto tell¿prometes que no se lo vas a contar or decir a nadie?
onsomebody ( tosomebody) [colloquial] he told on us to the teacherdon't tell on us!le fue con el chisme or cuento al profesor [colloquial]le fue a alcahuetear al profesor (Southern Cone) [colloquial]1.2 (relate) [literary]more than words can tell¡no nos descubras!to tellmás de lo que pueden expresar las palabras ofsomethingit tells of great sufferinghablar dealgohabla de grandes sufrimientosExample sentences
- Global stars they may be, but they created a warm, homely atmosphere, joking and telling stories about their family.
- Another way of using language to cheer someone up is by telling stories and jokes.
- He was telling stories and jokes and had the attention of us all as he was pretty good at it.
- He told the number of girls and officers standing in a line.
- He told the number of school that they had established, and how they obtained their scholars.
- 2 (know, work out) who can tell!you never can tell¡quién sabe!nunca se sabeExample sentences
- She can tell that for once Jason is surprised and she decides that that is a good thing.
- You can tell that they're starting to like you, that they want to trust you.
- I can tell that this is going to be one of those long-winded, rambling posts about nothing at all.
- He can't tell the difference between the truth and what his lawyer is telling him.
- Personally, I can't tell the difference between diamonds and bits of clear broken glass!
- He's the only person at the bar who can't tell the difference between beer and water.
- 3 (count, have an effect) See examples: breeding tellshe made every punch tellla buena educación siempre se notahis influence toldhizo contar cada golpeher age is beginning to tellsu influencia fue decisivato tellse le está empezando a notar la edad
againstsomebody/somethingto tellobrar en contra dealguien/algo onsomebody/somethingthe strain is beginning to tell on himla tensión lo está empezando a afectar
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