Translation of tell in Spanish:
- 1 (inform, reveal) to tell somebody the truth/a liedecirle la verdad/una mentira a alguienas I was telling youcomo te estaba or iba diciendoI don't know how to tell you this but …no sé cómo decírtelo, pero …don't tell me, let me guessno me lo digas, a ver si adivinoI've been told that …me han dicho que …he was told that …le dijeron que …could you tell me the way to the station?¿me podría decir or indicar cómo se llega a la estación?I'll tell him you are herele diré que ha llegadoI'll tell him what happenedle diré or contaré qué pasótell me when you've finisheddime or avísame cuando hayas terminadoI am pleased to be able to tell you that … (in letters)me complace comunicarle or informarle que …it's not easy, let me tell youno es fácil, te lo aseguro or garantizoI tell you what: why don't we write to her? [colloquial]se me ocurre una idea: ¿por qué no le escribimos?you're telling me! [colloquial]¡me lo vas a decir a mí!she won't be toldno le hace caso a nadieI told you so!
no hay quien la haga entrar en razón¿no te lo dije?I can't tell you how relieved I am!¡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]
contarcuenta or dice las cosas como sonthe poem tells how …el poema cuenta or [formal] narra or relata cómo …to tell somebody
aboutsomebody/somethingshe's told me all about youme ha hablado mucho de titell us about Limacuéntanos cómo es Lima ( or qué tal te fue en Lima etc)have you told him about us?¿le has contado lo nuestro?Example 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.
- 3 (instruct, warn) do as o what you're toldhaz lo que se te diceI won't tell you againno te lo voy a volver a repetirno-one told me what to donadie me dijo qué or lo que tenía que hacerto tell somebody to +
infinitivedecirle a alguientell them to come in que+ subjunctivediles que pasenshe told me to be quietme dijo que me callaraI told you not to do that!¡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) it's difficult to tell her agees difícil calcularle la edadI can't tell the exact widthno sabría decir qué ancho tiene exactamenteI could tell from her voice that she was upsetpor la voz me di cuenta de que estaba disgustadaI can't tell the differenceyo no veo or no noto ninguna diferenciayou can tell by their clothes that they're Frenchpor la ropa se nota que son francesesthere's no telling what might happenno se sabe lo que podría ocurrirto be able to tell the timesaber decir la hora4.2 (distinguish)to tell something/somebody (
fromsomething/somebody)distinguir algo/a alguien (it's hard to tell one twin from the other dealgo/alguien)es difícil distinguir a un mellizo del otroyou can always tell a Rubensun Rubens es fácil de reconocerto tell right from wrongdiscriminar entre lo que está bien y lo que está malExample sentences
- 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.
- 1 1.1 (reveal) only he knows the answer and he's not tellingsolo él sabe la respuesta, pero no se la va a decir a nadieah, that would be telling promise you won't tell?¿prometes que no se lo vas a contar or decir a nadie?to tell
onsomebody ( tosomebody) [colloquial] he told on us to the teacherle fue con el chisme or cuento al profesor [colloquial]don't tell on us!
se chivó al profesor (Spain) [colloquial]
le fue a alcahuetear al profesor (Southern Cone) [colloquial]¡no nos descubras!1.2 (relate) [literary]more than words can tellmás de lo que pueden expresar las palabrasto tell
ofsomethinghablarit tells of great suffering dealgohabla de grandes sufrimientosExample sentences
- 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!¡quién sabe!you never can tellnunca 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.
- 3 (count, have an effect) breeding tellsla buena educación siempre se notahe made every punch tellhizo contar cada golpehis influence toldsu influencia fue decisivaher age is beginning to tellse le está empezando a notar la edadto tell
againstsomebody/somethingobrarto tell en contra dealguien/algo onsomebody/somethingthe strain is beginning to tell on himla tensión lo está empezando a afectar
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