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caber

Translation of caber in English:

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 2 (en tercera persona/in third person) [formal] (ser posible) cabe la posibilidad de que haya perdido el tren he might/may have missed the train solo me cabe una solución: renunciar I have no option but to resign, there's only one option open to me, I'll have to resign no me cupo más que decirle la verdad I had no alternative but to tell him the truth es, si cabe, aún mejor que las anteriores it is even better than the previous ones, if such a thing is possiblecaber + infinitivo/infinitive cabe suponer que ha habido un error en el diagnóstico it is possible that there has been a mistake in the diagnosis cabría decir que … it could be said that … fue una de las épocas más sangrientas que cabe imaginar it was one of the bloodiest eras imaginable no cabe pensar que no estuviera enterado there's no question that he didn't know cabe esperar que … it is to be hoped that … cabría cuestionarse si es la persona adecuada we need to o/or we should ask ourselves whether he is the right person cabe mencionar que … it is worth mentioning that … dentro de lo que cabe, dentro de lo que cabe hemos tenido suerte all things considered, we've been lucky o/or we've been lucky, considering duda
  • 3 [formal] (corresponder) (+ me/te/le etc) me cabe el honor de presentar a … it is a great honor for me to introduce … le cupo la satisfacción de quedar entre los finalistas he had the satisfaction of being amongst the finalists el papel que le cabe a la mujer en la sociedad actual the role of women in society today
  • 4 [Matemáticas/Mathematics] 2 entre 3 no cabe 3 into 2 won't o/or doesn't go ¿cuántas veces cabe 5 en 25? how many 5's are there in 25?, how many times does 5 go into 25?

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