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Translation of cierto in English:


  • 1 (verdadero) true no hay nada de cierto en sus declaraciones there is no truth in his statement una cosa es cierta: cuando vino no lo sabía one thing's certain o/or for sure: he didn't know when he came tengo que ir al médico — ¡ah!, es cierto I have to go to the doctor's — oh yes, of course o/or that's right parece más joven, ¿no es cierto? he looks younger, doesn't he o/or don't you think? estabas en lo cierto you were right lo cierto es que ha desaparecido the fact is that it has gone, what's certain is that it has gone, one thing's for sure o/or for certain and that is that it has gone por cierto by the way, incidentally por cierto, si la ves dile que me llame by the way o/or incidentally, if you see her tell her to call me le presté el dinero que, por cierto, nunca me devolvió I lent him the money which, incidentally, he never paid back
  • 2 (delante del nombre/before noun) (que no se especifica, define) en cierta ocasión on one occasion, once cierta clase de gente a certain kind of people la noticia causó sensación en ciertos sectores sociales the news caused a sensation in some circles en cierto modo comprendo lo que dices in some ways I can understand what you're saying hasta cierto punto tiene razón up to a point you're right ese pueblecito tiene un cierto encanto that little village has a certain charm se respiraba un cierto malestar en el ambiente you could sense a degree of o/or a slight unease in the atmosphere durante un cierto tiempo for a time camina con cierta dificultad she has some difficulty walking, she has a certain amount of difficulty walking una persona de cierta edad an elderly person

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