Traducción de say en español:


decir, v.

Pronunciación: /sed//sez/

verbo transitivo

  • 1

    (utter, express in speech)
    (sentence/mass/word) decir
    (prayer) rezar
    to say good morning to sb darle los buenos días a algn
    • I said yes/no dije que sí/no
    • he said yes/no to my proposal aceptó/rechazó mi propuesta
    • go away, she said —vete —dijo
    • he didn't say a word throughout the whole meeting no dijo ni pío durante toda la reunión
    • well said! ¡bien dicho!
    • now, say after me: I, Paul Hurst, … ahora repita conmigo: yo, Paul Hurst, …
    • to say sth to sb decirle algo a algn
    • what exactly did she say to you? ¿qué te dijo exactamente?
    • so I said to myself … así que me dije …
    • I said (that) we shouldn't have come ya decía yo que no deberíamos haber venido
    • I can't say I laughed much no me reí mucho, que digamos
    • I must say it looks very nice la verdad es que es muy bonito
    • don't say you forgot! ¡no me digas que se te olvidó!
    • she said (I was) to give you her love me dijo que te diera recuerdos (de su parte)
    • I can't say when they'll be back no sé cuándo volverán
    • who shall I say is calling? (on the phone) ¿de parte de quién?
    • well, what can I say? ¿y qué quieres que te diga?
    • it was, how / what shall I say, a tricky situation fue, cómo te (lo) diría, una situación delicada
    • if you disagree, say so si no está de acuerdo, dígalo
    • why didn't you say so before? haberlo dicho antes
    • I should say so (emphatic agreement) eso digo yo
    • that's to say es decir
    • that is to say es decir
    • she's very self-assured, not to say arrogant es muy segura de sí misma, por no decir arrogante
    • she's better than he is, but that's not saying much ella es mejor que él, lo que no es mucho decir
    • it doesn't say much for … no dice mucho de …
    • there's a lot to be said for waiting hay muchas razones por las que bien vale la pena esperar
    • there's nothing more to be said! ¡no hay más que decir!
    • it will mean a lot of money, to say nothing of time supondrá mucho dinero, y no digamos ya tiempo
    • to say the least por no decir más
    • what have you got to say for yourself? a ver, explícate
    • she hasn't a lot to say for herself es muy sosa
    • enough said, I'll see what I can do about it está bien, veremos lo que se puede hacer
    • the less said about it, the better cuanto menos se hable del asunto, mejor
    • say no more no me digas más
    • you can say that again! ¡y que lo digas!
    • it goes without saying that … huelga decir que …
    • that goes without saying eso se da por sentado
    • though I say it myself modestia aparte
    • that's easier said than done del dicho al hecho hay mucho trecho
    • no sooner said than done dicho y hecho
    • when all's said and done (finally) al fin y al cabo
    • before you could say knife / Jack Robinson en un santiamén
    • least said soonest mended cuanto menos se diga, mejor
  • 2

    • 2.1(state)

      it said in the paper that … el periódico decía / ponía que …
      • it says nothing in the contract about overtime el contrato no dice / no pone nada de horas extraordinarias
      • her smile of triumph says it all su sonrisa triunfal lo dice todo
      • Then I paid for my ticket a week and a half late, and I got a letter in the mail saying that I had to pay another fee for being late.
      • Think about all the articles in magazines saying guys care as much about their appearance as girls do.
      • The book says nothing about relations between the government and Aborigines in New South Wales.
      • The text of the affidavit says that it was completed and signed by her.
      • The article says that Eric will help educate children about the dangers of the internet.
      • Chris, in a murder case we know the black and white letter of the law says the state does not have to prove motive.
      • One New Zealand guide book says that there is little at Hororata but a fine stone church.
      • She left a note saying she was going to the house that night to kill her father.
      • Write them a letter saying you want all your information removed from their system.
      • I got a text saying I had won £1000 and all I had to do was claim it by calling a number.
      • The textbook says that there should be perfect information for the market to equilibrate.
      • One of my notes here says that you're recognized in public a lot now?
      • Even though the liner notes may say otherwise, very few of the songs feature him alone.
      • His personal website says that he succeeded in having previous plans for an incinerator scrapped.
      • When I got the letter in the mail saying they wanted me to join the cast, there was no doubt in my mind.
      • He could not say anything beyond what the letter said when I sought more information from him.
      • Over the weekend the Sunday Times wrote an article saying people shouldn't rely on buy-to-let to finance their old age.
      • The last time I heard from you was years ago when I got a letter saying you were stopping publication.
      • Within one month of receiving the hike notice, send your landlord a letter saying you do not intend to renew your lease and then move out.
      • The only clue he can find is a newspaper headline saying that the city has been evacuated.

    • 2.2(register)

      (watch/dial) marcar
      what (time) does your watch say? ¿tú qué hora tienes?
      • She turns and looks at her alarm clock which says eight o'clock.
      • The sun was still behind a mountain, but his watch said seven minutes past official sunup.
      • My back was damp from the moss and my watch said four hours had passed.

  • 3

    • 3.1(informal) (suppose)

      (let's) say that … supongamos / pongamos / digamos que …
      • say she doesn't come, then what do we do? pongamos (por caso) que no viene ¿entonces qué hacemos?
      • shall we say tomorrow? ¿qué tal mañana?

    • 3.2(estimate)

      • I don't expect to keep all five vows but, say, three out of five would be good enough.
      • In this system, the taoiseach would be elected for a fixed term - say, four years.
      • How would you feel if you slipped up and, say, wiped out half of your pot just a few years before you planned to retire?
      • Then go find someone else in a different line of work - say, someone with a home office.
      • This scheme lends itself to the use of coins as scoring tokens; say, a nickel per point perhaps.
      • The delving is sometimes made easier by not taking much food along - say, only a bag of almonds and a bottle of rum.
      • Mr. Lander's inconsistency between this item and, say, the cupboards, is noteworthy.

  • 4

    • 4.1(allege)

      they say she jilted him dicen / se dice que lo plantó
      • it's said he'll have to resign se dice que tendrá que renunciar
      • he's been ill, or so he says ha estado enfermo, al menos eso es lo que dice
      • never say I didn't warn you luego no digas que no te avisé
      • to be said to + inf
      • she's said to be very mean/strict dicen que es muy tacaña/severa
      • never let it be said that I don't care que no se diga que no me importa
      • The author of the report that was said to be prejudicial was called as a witness.
      • They also adduced what was said to be a report from the local Meteorological Station.
      • I do not think that the conduct of the Inspectors towards Mr Clegg taken as a whole can be said to be unfair.
      • This sovereign power is attributed to hate speech when it is said to deprive us of rights and liberties.
      • It is your life as a whole which is said to be happy or not, and so discussions of happiness are discussions of the happy life.
      • Under domestication, it may be truly said that the whole organisation becomes in some degree plastic.
      • It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die.
      • Our constitution is said to enshrine the idea of Parliamentary Government.
      • This winged beast with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle is said to watch over hidden treasures.
      • A few months ago it was said that putting milk into black tea voids any health benefits.
      • His failure, it is said, calls into question his motives in serving as a juror in the trial.
      • Thus, do you think it can be said that their speech is not free at all?

    • 4.2(decide, pronounce)

      that's really not for me to say eso no me corresponde a mí decirlo

  • 5coloquial

    (respond to suggestion)
    what do / would you say to a cup of tea ¿qué te parece si nos tomamos un té?
    • that's what I think; now, what do you say? eso es lo que yo pienso ¿y a ti qué te parece? / ¿y tú que dices?
    • I won't say no no te digo que no
    • I wouldn't say no to a drink no rechazaría una copa
    • what say we go halves? ¿qué tal si vamos a medias?

verbo intransitivo

  • 1

    I'd rather not say prefiero no decirlo
    • it's hard to say es difícil decirlo
    • you were saying? ¿(qué) decías?
    • who says /says who? ¿quién lo dice?
    • says you! ¡eso es lo que tú dices!
    • you don't say! ¡qué me dices!
    • I say!
    • I say! what a lovely dress! ¡pero qué vestido más bonito!
    • I say, can you hear me over there? ¡eh! / ¡ey! ¿me oyen ahí?


  • 1EE. UU.coloquial

    ¡oye! coloquial
    say, that's a great idea! ¡oye, qué buena idea!
    • say, buddy ¡eh, amigo!
    • She says that her parents have always been supportive of her and offer advice that is always seriously considered.
    • Most parents today would say that their kids have greater opportunities than they did.
    • Cameron had to say his speech in front of the class and he basically freaked out.
    • The Friday sermon is said by a khatib, many of whom are trained in religious institutes.
    • He said that the most likely diagnosis of her condition was chronic tenosynoritis or tendonitis.
    • She's sitting on the floor, seeming more and more downcast at every word John says.
    • Farrell says that many single parents welcome being able to share the work of caring for a child.
    • Only now as I stood in the airport did I realise that she really had not understood a word I was saying.
    • He puts more feeling into the few words he says than he has ever done on screen before.
    • Every word of what Natwar says in praise of Indira Gandhi is absolutely true.
    • The opposition is pending before the trademark office's trial and appeal board, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
    • The funeral goes as planned, everyone says their speeches memorializing this woman to whom they now say goodbye forever.
    • Ask an average person in Mumbai their opinion on this issue, and they are likely to say that it is a non-issue.
    • I stand motionless and distant as the priest says his speech.
    • At 28, Hussain now feels the pressure to marry, but stalls his parents by saying that he is not ready.
    • However, she was confident he would be found innocent, her spokesperson said on Thursday.
    • All of us at some time in our lives have to stand up and say a few words in public, whether to give away a bride, move a vote of thanks or make a presentation.
    • He struggled to recall clearly the words the priest had said to him almost a year earlier.
    • "Nice shot, " Kristin said sarcastically with a grin.
    • Yet despite reassuring figures, respondents said in interviews that big concerns remained.
    • The requirement was stipulated in his bail conditions, a top prosecutor said on Tuesday.
    • He was talking to me, and I was trying to say my speech, but he wasn't paying attention.
    • I don't trust my boyfriend, I don't believe a word he says, and I honestly believe he is cheating on me.
    • The other cases were still under investigation with several suspects being charged, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.
    • See, the difference between saying a speech in class and acting with my group is a really big one.
    • It's quiet enough that she can hear every word Jared says back to me.


  • 1

    (statement of view)
    to have one's say dar su (/ mi etc. ) opinión
    • let him have his say now ahora déjalo hablar
  • 2

    say ( in sth)
    • I have no say in the matter yo no tengo ni voz ni voto en el asunto
    • they want a say in the decision making quieren participar en la toma de decisiones
    • to have the final say (in sth) tener la última palabra (en algo)