Translation of contar in English:



  • 2 2.1 (incluir) to count a mí no me cuentes entre sus partidarios don't include me among his supporters lo cuento entre mis mejores amigos I consider him (to be) one of my best friends sin contar al profesor somos 22 there are 22 of us, not counting the teacher y eso sin contar las horas extras and that's without taking overtime into account o/or without including overtime 2.2 (llevar) contaba ya veinte años [formal o literario/formal or literary] she was then twenty years old la asociación cuenta ya medio siglo de vida [formal] the association has now been in existence for half a century [formal]
  • 3 [cuento/chiste/secreto] to tell no se lo cuentes a nadie don't tell anyone cuéntame qué es de tu vida tell me what you've been doing o/or [familiar/colloquial] what you've been up to ¡y a mí me lo vas a contar! [familiar/colloquial] you're telling me! o don't I know! o tell me about it! [familiar/colloquial] abuelito, cuéntame un cuento grandpa, tell me a story es una historia muy larga de contar it's a long story ¡cuéntaselo a tu abuela! [familiar/colloquial] go tell it to the marines! (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial], , come off it! (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial] ¿qué cuentas (de nuevo)? [familiar/colloquial] how're things? [familiar/colloquial], what's up? (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial]


contarse v pron

  • 1.1 [formal] (estar incluido)contarse entre algo se cuenta entre los pocos que tienen acceso she is numbered among the few who have access [formal], she is one of the few people who have access sus partidarios, entre quienes me cuento their supporters, and I count myself as one of them o/or [formal] their supporters, and I number myself among them su nombre se cuenta entre los finalistas her name figures o/or appears among the finalists su novela se cuenta entre las mejores del año his novel is among o/or is numbered among the year's best 1.2¿qué te cuentas? how's it going? [familiar/colloquial], how's things? [familiar/colloquial]

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