Translation of say in Spanish:


decir, v.

Pronunciation /seɪ//seɪ/

transitive verbsaid

  • 1

    (utter, express in speech)
    (mass/word/sentence) 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 una palabra durante toda la reunión
    • 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
    • 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? ¿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
    • it doesn't say much for … no dice mucho de …
    • there's nothing more to be said! ¡no hay más que decir!
    • the less said about it, the better cuanto menos se hable del asunto, mejor
    • I stand motionless and distant as the priest says his speech.
    • 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.
    • Every word of what Natwar says in praise of Indira Gandhi is absolutely true.
    • Yet despite reassuring figures, respondents said in interviews that big concerns remained.
    • At 28, Hussain now feels the pressure to marry, but stalls his parents by saying that he is not ready.
    • He puts more feeling into the few words he says than he has ever done on screen before.
    • The other cases were still under investigation with several suspects being charged, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.
    • The funeral goes as planned, everyone says their speeches memorializing this woman to whom they now say goodbye forever.
    • He was talking to me, and I was trying to say my speech, but he wasn't paying attention.
    • See, the difference between saying a speech in class and acting with my group is a really big one.
    • He struggled to recall clearly the words the priest had said to him almost a year earlier.
    • Only now as I stood in the airport did I realise that she really had not understood a word I was saying.
    • Farrell says that many single parents welcome being able to share the work of caring for a child.
    • I don't trust my boyfriend, I don't believe a word he says, and I honestly believe he is cheating on me.
    • "Nice shot, " Kristin said sarcastically with a grin.
    • However, she was confident he would be found innocent, her spokesperson said on Thursday.
    • Most parents today would say that their kids have greater opportunities than they did.
    • It's quiet enough that she can hear every word Jared says back to me.
    • The opposition is pending before the trademark office's trial and appeal board, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
    • The requirement was stipulated in his bail conditions, a top prosecutor said on Tuesday.
    • Ask an average person in Mumbai their opinion on this issue, and they are likely to say that it is a non-issue.
    • The Friday sermon is said by a khatib, many of whom are trained in religious institutes.
    • She says that her parents have always been supportive of her and offer advice that is always seriously considered.
    • Cameron had to say his speech in front of the class and he basically freaked out.
    • 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.
  • 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
      • One New Zealand guide book says that there is little at Hororata but a fine stone church.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • His personal website says that he succeeded in having previous plans for an incinerator scrapped.
      • The last time I heard from you was years ago when I got a letter saying you were stopping publication.
      • Write them a letter saying you want all your information removed from their system.
      • She left a note saying she was going to the house that night to kill her father.
      • 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.
      • The book says nothing about relations between the government and Aborigines in New South Wales.
      • Even though the liner notes may say otherwise, very few of the songs feature him alone.
      • The only clue he can find is a newspaper headline saying that the city has been evacuated.
      • The article says that Eric will help educate children about the dangers of the internet.
      • The text of the affidavit says that it was completed and signed by her.
      • Over the weekend the Sunday Times wrote an article saying people shouldn't rely on buy-to-let to finance their old age.
      • Chris, in a murder case we know the black and white letter of the law says the state does not have to prove motive.
      • The textbook says that there should be perfect information for the market to equilibrate.
      • I got a text saying I had won £1000 and all I had to do was claim it by calling a number.
      • One of my notes here says that you're recognized in public a lot now?

    • 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

    • 3.1informal (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)

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

  • 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
      • 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.
      • This winged beast with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle is said to watch over hidden treasures.
      • 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.
      • Thus, do you think it can be said that their speech is not free at all?
      • A few months ago it was said that putting milk into black tea voids any health benefits.
      • I do not think that the conduct of the Inspectors towards Mr Clegg taken as a whole can be said to be unfair.
      • They also adduced what was said to be a report from the local Meteorological Station.
      • His failure, it is said, calls into question his motives in serving as a juror in the trial.
      • This sovereign power is attributed to hate speech when it is said to deprive us of rights and liberties.
      • Our constitution is said to enshrine the idea of Parliamentary Government.
      • The author of the report that was said to be prejudicial was called as a witness.

    • 4.2(decide, pronounce)

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

  • 5informal

    (respond to suggestion)
    what do / would you say to a cup of tea ¿quieres una taza de 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?

intransitive verbsaid

  • 1

    I'd rather not say prefiero no decirlo
    • it's hard to say es difícil decirlo
    • you were saying? ¿(qué) decías?



  • 1

    ¡oye! informal
    say, that's a great idea! ¡oye, qué buena idea! informal
    • say, buddy ¡eh, amigo!


  • 1

    (statement of view)
    to have one's say dar su (or mi etc.) opinión
    • let him have his say now ahora déjalo hablar
    • Viewers who want to have their say or put a question to the studio guests can call in.
    • Voters can also have their say by email, via post or in face to face meetings with local politicians.
    • During the show, Radio Phoenix will be giving a chance to fans to have their say on the show.
    • Today the Bolton Evening News gives the party leaders their say on the issues.
    • And if you want to have your say, exchange ideas, opinions and experiences, it's the only place to be.
    • Hushed chatter becomes louder as everyone wants to have their say at the same time.
    • Presumably he had responded to the programme and asked to have his say.
    • The purpose of the debate is to give local people a chance to have their say on how the money should be spent.
    • Why not have your say over on the discussion board?
    • She was just happy to have the last say after another round of arguing with Matt.
    • Listeners to radio will also be given an opportunity to have their say through phone-ins.
    • There will be a chance for listeners to have their say on the big match by texting or emailing the show.
    • The TV programme is offering Berkshire people the chance to have their say on camera.
    • You probably don't think so right now but getting to have your say with your Dad will make you feel better in the long run.
    • With her brother or without him, she was going to see Robert Harvey and she was going to have her say.
    • I wanted to cast her that second, but had to wait for some of the other producers to have their say.
    • Speaking as a politician at any venue is merely an opportunity for that man to have his say.
    • That means readers have less two months to have their say on which hotels in the region are the best.
    • We realize that more and more, artists are there to have their say, and we saw it during the American election.
    • Kara decided just to sit there nursing her cold tea and just let him have his say first.
  • 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)
    • Real partnership means all participants benefit and all have a say in developments.
    • It is now sinking in that we will lose a degree of sovereignty and that our partners will have a say in our internal affairs.
    • Government should not have a say in the way we raise our children or dust our shelves.
    • Most other nations have a form of proportional representation, which attempts to give everyone a say.
    • Lastly, keep in mind that children like variation and to have a say in what they do.
    • I mean, do you really want the government to have a say in how the internet is run?
    • But the problem is, we give these people a say in the running of our country.
    • This implies that national central banks have an important say in monetary policy decisions.
    • The Garda press office said the Garda authorities had no say in deciding where the case was to be dealt with.
    • The funding cuts to education are to make it easier for private companies to have a say in public education.
    • The government believed that the army had too much say in politics and determined to reduce its influence.
    • It is French law that if you are the author then you have the final say in what the finished article will look like.
    • Can you also explain why Industry has a say in policy development.
    • In the small, slave-owning and warlike Greek republics, all free men had a say in government.
    • The US Federal Aviation Authority would have a final say on the matter in the US.
    • Whatever the results of the consultation, politicians will still have the final say on policy formation.
    • Illness took men in such numbers that luck had a great say in who was successful.
    • How will dollarized nations react to a U.S. monetary policy over which they have no say?
    • And local residents should have a bigger say in government decision making and in planning the city's future.
    • Well, surely equal worth means an equal say in the decisions that affect the entire human race.