Translation of "reason" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈriː·zən/ us /ˈri·zən/

A2 the facts about why something happens or why someone does something

Is there any particular reason why he doesn’t want to come?
He left without giving a reason.
That was the reason for telling her.

something that makes it right for you to do something

I think we have reason to be concerned.

[ no plural ] the ability to think and make good decisions

By this time he’d lost his powers of reason.
verb uk /ˈriːzən/ us /ˈri.zən/

to decide that something is true after considering the facts

razonar, estimar
We reasoned that it was unlikely he would be a serious threat to the public.

(Translation of “reason” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈriːzn/

something which makes something happen, describes why it happened, should happen or is going to happen etc

What is the reason for this noise?
What is your reason for going to London?
The reason (why) I am going is that I want to.

the power of the mind to think, form opinions and judgements etc

Only man has reason – animals do not.
reasonable adjective


a reasonable suggestion.

willing to listen to argument; acting with good sense

sensato, juicioso
You will find him very reasonable.

fair; correct; which one should or could accept

Is $10 a reasonable price for this book?

satisfactory; as much as one might expect or want

There was a reasonable number of people at the meeting.
reasonableness noun

lo razonable; sensatez, juicio
reasonably adverb

He behaved very reasonably
The car is reasonably priced
The meeting was reasonably well attended.
reasoning noun

the act or process of reaching a decision, conclusion etc

I don’t understand his reasoning at all.
have reason to (believe/think etc)

to feel justified in (believing etc)

tener razones para (pensar, creer, etc.)
I have (good) reason to think that he is lying.
it stands to reason

it is obvious or logical

es evidente, es lógico
If you go to bed so late, it stands to reason that you will be tired the next morning.
listen to reason

to allow oneself to be persuaded to do something more sensible than what one was going to do; to pay attention to common sense

atender a razones
She just won’t listen to reason.
lose one’s reason

to become insane

perder la razón
He lost his reason and was put in an asylum.
reason with phrasal verb

to argue with (a person) in order to persuade him to be more sensible

razonar con alguien
We tried to reason with the worried mother but she went out alone in the storm to look for the child.
see reason

to (be persuaded to) be more sensible than one is or has been

entrar en razón
I just can’t make her see reason.
within reason

within the limits of good sense

dentro de lo razonable
I’ll do anything / go anywhere within reason.

(Translation of “reason” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)