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Translation of callar in English:

verbo intransitivo

  • to be quiet
    calla, que no me dejas oír
    be quiet o shut up, I can't hear
    lloró toda la noche, no hubo manera de hacerlo callar
    he cried all night, nothing we could do would make him stop
    ya tiene tres niños — ¡calla! [familiar]
    she has three children now — never! o she hasn't!
    quien calla otorga
    silence implies o gives consent

verbo transitivo

  • 1.1
    to keep … to oneself
    intentaron callar estas cifras
    they attempted to keep these figures quiet
    1.2 (América Latina) (persona) callen a esos niños
    get those children to be quiet
    shut those kids up, will you?

also: callarse verbo pronominal

  • 1.1 (guardar silencio)
    to be quiet
    be quiet!
    shut up!
    ¡cállate la boca! [familiar] ¿te quieres callar de una vez?
    will you shut up!
    cuando entró todos se callaron
    when he walked in everyone went quiet o stopped talking
    la próxima vez no me callaré
    next time I won't keep quiet
    1.2 (no decir)
    to keep … quiet
    keep … to oneself
Example sentences
  • Hoy el poder político no requiere de la violencia física para callar una verdad.
  • En esta ciudad hay que aprender a callar muchas cosas.
  • Calla la voz mas no la vida, mueres pero sigues viva.

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