Translation of callar in English:

callar

vi

  • to be quiet, shut up [colloquial/familiar] 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/colloquial] she has three children now — never! o she hasn't! [colloquial/familiar] quien calla otorga silence implies o gives consent

vt

  • 1.1 [secreto] to keep … to oneself intentaron callar estas cifras they attempted to keep these figures quiet 1.2 (AmL) [persona] callen a esos niños get those children to be quiet, shut those kids up, will you? [colloquial/familiar]

callarse v pron

  • 1.1 (guardar silencio) to be quiet ¡cállate! be quiet!, shut up! [colloquial/familiar] ¡cállate la boca! [familiar/colloquial] shut your mouth! [slang/argot] ¿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) [noticia] to keep … quiet, keep … to oneself

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day toque
m
ring …
Cultural fact of the day

peronismo is a political movement, known officially as justicialismo, named for the populist politician Colonel Juan Domingo Perón, elected President of Argentina in 1946. An admirer of Italian fascism, Perón claimed always to be a champion of the workers and the poor, the descamisados (shirtless ones), to whom his first wife Eva Duarte (`Evita') became a kind of icon, especially after her death in 1952. Although he instituted some social reforms, Perón's regime proved increasingly repressive and he was ousted by the army in 1955. He returned from exile to become president in 1973, but died in office a year later. The Partido Justicialista has governed Argentina almost continuously since 1989, under Presidents Carlos Menem, Néstor Kirchner, and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Néstor Kirchner's widow, who was re-elected President in 2011.