Quick answer
"Cut out" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "recortar", and "cut off" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "cortar". Learn more about the difference between "cut out" and "cut off" below.
cut out(
kuht
 
aut
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to remove by cutting)
a. recortar
Chuck cut the article out of the publication about his concert.Chuck recortó el artículo de la publicación acerca de su concierto.
b. extirpar (medicine)
The doctor cut a cyst out of Charlie's back.La doctora le extirpó un quiste de la espalda a Charlie.
2. (to form by cutting)
a. cortar
The children used Christmas-themed cookie cutters to cut out the Christmas cookies of the dough.Los niños utilizaron cortadores de galletas con temas navideños para cortar las galletas de Navidad de la masa.
3. (to exclude)
a. eliminar
Tom's doctor told him to cut out saturated fats from his diet.El médico de Tom le dijo que eliminara las grasas saturadas de su dieta.
b. suprimir
Her editor told her to cut out the unnecessary details to get the article down to 500 words.Su editor le dijo que suprimiera los detalles innecesarios para reducir el artículo a 500 palabras.
c. dejar
Sam cut out alcohol and lost six pounds in a month.Sam dejó el alcohol y bajó seis libras en un mes.
d. excluir
Edith told her son she'd cut him out of her will if he didn't get married within a month.Edith le dijo a su hijo que lo excluiría de su testamento si no se casaba en un mes.
4. (to block)
a. tapar
The elm tree cuts out the light in the summer and lets it in in the winter.El olmo tapa la luz en el verano y la deja pasar en el invierno.
5. (to make unnecessary)
a. acabar con
By improving technology, we've cut out a lot of menial labor.Al mejorar la tecnología, hemos acabado con una gran cantidad de trabajo no especializado.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to stop doing)
a. dejar
Cut out that shouting. Be quiet and let me study.Dejen de gritar. Guarden silencio y déjenme estudiar.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
7. (to stop suddenly)
a. pararse
My car cut out when I was on the freeway on my way home.Mi auto se paró cuando iba por la autopista de camino a casa.
b. cortarse
I was talking on the phone when I went into a tunnel and the call suddenly cut out.Estaba hablando por teléfono cuando entré a un túnel y la llamada de repente se cortó.
c. calarse (engine)
The plane's engine cut out from lack of air intake at high altitude.El motor del avión se caló por falta de entrada de aire cuando iba a gran altura.
8. (to move suddenly sideways)
a. meterse de repente
The bus cut out into traffic, nearly causing an accident.El autobús se metió en el tráfico de repente y casi provoca un accidente.
b. cortar el camino
Some jerk cut out in front of me and I swerved to keep from hitting him.Un idiota me cortó el camino y giré bruscamente para evitar chocar contra él.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to leave)
a. irse
We usually cut out at 5 pm, but we have to stay late to finish this month's bookkeeping.Por lo general, nos vamos a las 5 pm, pero hay que quedarsse hasta tarde para terminar la contabilidad de este mes.
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cut off(
kuht
 
af
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to sever)
a. cortar
Cut off any excess so that the edges fit together neatly.Corta el exceso para que los bordes puedan encajar perfectamente.
b. amputar (medicine)
The doctors had to cut off the patient's leg because it had gangrene.Los doctores tenían que amputarle la pierna al paciente porque tenía gangrena.
2. (to disconnect)
a. cortar
I cut off the call because the customer was becoming abusive.Corté la llamada porque el cliente empezó a lanzar improperios.
b. desconectar
The electric company cut off our power because we didn't pay the bill on time.La compañía eléctrica nos desconectó la electricidad porque no pagamos la factura a tiempo.
3. (to disconnect; used in passive voice)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm calling you back because I think we were cut off during our last conversation.Te devuelvo la llamada porque creo que se cortó la comunicación durante nuestra última conversación.
The line kept getting cut off, so I gave up on the call.La línea se cortaba a cada rato, así que abandoné la llamada.
4. (to interrupt)
a. cortar
Please don't cut me off while I'm talking.Por favor, no me cortes mientras estoy hablando.
5. (to disinherit)
a. desheredar
After the fight we had, my father changed his will and cut me off completely.Tras la pelea que tuvimos, mi padre cambió su testamento y me desheredó por completo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you marry him, I swear I'll cut you off.Si te casas con él, te juro que te quedas sin nada.
She threatened to cut me off without a cent if I went ahead with my plan.Amenazó con dejarme sin un centavo si seguía adelante con mi plan.
6. (to end a relationship)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't understand why my boyfriend cut me off with no explanation at all.No entiendo por qué mi novio cortó conmigo sin explicación alguna.
The accused's family cut her off after the trial.La familia de la acusada no quería saber nada de ella después del juicio.
7. (to intercept)
a. cortarle el paso a
We retreated down the valley, but enemy troops cut us off before we reached the pass.Nos batimos en retirada por el valle, pero las tropas enemigas nos cortaron el paso antes de que llegáramos al puerto.
8. (to block)
a. cortar
If we are to defeat their army, we need to cut off their supply routes.Si hemos de derrotar a su ejército, tenemos que cortar sus líneas de abastecimiento.
9. (automobile)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. meterse delante de
Don't cut off that cop car.No te metas delante de esa patrulla.
b. atravesarse
That truck totally just cut me off!¡Esa camioneta se me atravesó bien feo!
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
10. (isolated; often used with "to be")
a. aislado
He lives on a remote island and is cut off from the rest of the world.Vive en una isla remota y está aislado del resto del mundo.
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