Callar in English | Spanish to English Translation and Dictionary
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callar
intransitive verb
1. to keep quiet, to be silent (no hablar)
  • quien calla otorga silence signifies consent
2. to be quiet, to stop talking (dejar de hablar)
  • hacer callar a alguien to silence somebody
  • mandar callar a alguien to tell somebody to shut up
  • ¡calla! shut up!
  • ¡calla, si eso me lo dijo a mí también! guess what, he said that to me, too!
transitive verb
3. to keep quiet about (ocultar)
4. to silence (acallar)
callarse
pronominal verb
1. to keep quiet, to be silent (no hablar)
2. to be quiet, to stop talking (dejar de hablar)
  • ¡cállate! shut up!
  • ¿te quieres callar? would you keep quiet?
3. to keep quiet about (ocultar)
  • esa no se calla nada she always says what she thinks
callar
intransitive verb
1 (dejar de hablar) to be quiet
¡calla, que no puedo oír la radio! be o keep quiet, I can't hear the radio!; shut up o hush up, I can't hear the radio! (familiar); (EEUU) su madre le mandó callar his mother ordered him to be quiet; his mother told him to shut up; —Ernesto se casa —¡calla! ¡eso no puede ser! "Ernesto is getting married" — "you're joking! that can't be true!"
2 (no hablar) to say nothing; keep quiet
al principio optó por callar initially he decided to say nothing o keep quiet
quien calla, otorga silence is o gives o implies consent
transitive verb
1 (hacer callar)
calló a los niños con un cuento he got the children to be o keep quiet by reading them a story; reparten dinero para callar las protestas they're giving out money to silence o quell complaints; ¡calla o cállate la boca! shut your mouth! (muy_familiar); shut your face! (muy_familiar)
2 (ocultar) to keep to o.s.; keep quiet
será mejor callar este asunto it's best to keep this matter to ourselves o keep this matter quiet
no calles tus miedos/tus dudas los hombres callaron el llanto
pronominal verb
callarse
1 (dejar de hablar) to stop talking; go quiet
al entrar el profesor todos se callaron when the teacher came in, everyone stopped talking o went quiet; ¡cállense, por favor! please be quiet!; si empieza a hablar, ya no se calla once he starts talking, he doesn't stop
2 (no decir nada) to say nothing; keep quiet
en esas circunstancias es mejor callarse in those circumstances, it would be best to say nothing o keep quiet
Verb Conjugations for callar
Gerund: callando
Participle: callado
Indicative
PresentPreteritImperfectConditionalFuture
yocallocallécallabacallaríacallaré
callascallastecallabascallaríascallarás
él/ella/Ud.callacallócallabacallaríacallará
nosotroscallamoscallamoscallábamoscallaríamoscallaremos
vosotroscalláiscallasteiscallabaiscallaríaiscallaréis
ellos/ellas/Uds.callancallaroncallabancallaríancallarán
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