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callate


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callar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (silenciar)  (colloquial)silence, hush vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (imperative)be quiet interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!"
   (imperative, rude)shut up interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!"
   (formal, literary) still vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El padre calló a sus hijos para poder leer el periódico en paz.
 The father silenced (or; hushed) his children so that he could read the paper in peace.
callarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (no decir algo)  (about [sth])say nothing, not tell [sth] vtr + n
   (about [sth])keep quiet, remain silent vi + adj
   (information)keep [sth] secret vtr + adj
 La víctima se calló el nombre del agresor por miedo a represalias.
 The victim said nothing about (or: did not tell) the name of the attacker because she was afraid of retaliation.
callarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (sonido: cesar, apagarse)  (sound)fall silent vi + adj
   (noise)hush, die viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
   (sound)stop, cease viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 De repente se callaron los cantos de los pájaros, su silencio presagiaba una tormenta.
 Suddenly, the bird songs fell silent. Their silence presaged a storm.
 
Additional Translations
callar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (guardar silencio)be silent, keep silent vi + adj
  keep quiet vi + adj
 David siempre calla y escucha, no le gusta acaparar la conversación.
 David is always silent (or: always keeps silent). He doesn't like to monopolize the conversation.
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Compound Forms:
es de sabios callar the wise remain silent
  silence is golden
mandar callar make someone shut their mouth
no callar ni debajo del agua exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (hablar demasiado)never shut up adv + vi
  talk incessantly vi + adv
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