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"Dádiva" is a noun which is often translated as "gift", and "regalo" is a noun which is often translated as "present". Learn more about the difference between "dádiva" and "regalo" below.
dádiva(
dah
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dee
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bah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general)
a. gift
Ningún funcionario electo debería aceptar dádivas de una compañía privada.No elected official should accept gifts from a private company.
El abogado del acusado intentó darle una dádiva al juez, por lo que lo acusaron de soborno.The defendant's lawyer tried to give the judge a gift, so he was charged with bribery.
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regalo(
rreh
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gah
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loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (offering)
a. present
Este año recibí muchos regalos de cumpleaños.I got a lot of birthday presents this year.
b. gift
La empresa donde trabajo suele hacer regalos de Navidad a sus empleados.The company I work for usually gives Christmas gifts to its employees.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(good deal)
a. bargain
La computadora que compré fue un verdadero regalo.The computer I bought was a real bargain.
b. steal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Ese tablet solo cuesta $50? ¡Es un regalo!That tablet only costs $50? It's a steal!
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(pleasure)
a. delight
Verlo feliz es un regalo para el corazón.Seeing him happy is a delight to the heart.
b. treat
El coro de niños de nuestra ciudad es un regalo para los oídos.Our town's children's choir is a treat to listen to.
4. (culinary)
a. delicacy
La comida que sirvieron en la boda fue un regalo.The food they served at the wedding was a delicacy.
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