Quick answer
"Dar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to give", and "vuelta" is a noun which is often translated as "turn". Learn more about the difference between "dar" and "vuelta" below.
dar(
dahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to hand over)
a. to give
Dame las llaves.Give me the keys.
b. to have
¿Me das una libra de queso y dos libras de jamón?Can I have one pound of cheese and two pounds of ham?
2. (to generate)
a. to give
Necesito que me des una idea para el tema de la fiesta.I need you to give me a good idea for the party's theme.
b. to yield
Este tratamiento da buenos resultados.This treatment yields good results.
c. to produce
Este manzano da más manzanas de las que podríamos comer.This apple tree produces more apples than we can possibly eat.
d. to bear (fruit)
Los perales dan peras.Pear trees bear pears.
3. (to celebrate)
a. to hold
Esta es la lista de los eventos que se dieron este mes.This is the list of events held this month.
b. to have
Mi compañía da una fiesta de Navidad todos los años.My company has a Christmas party every year.
c. to throw
Le dieron una fiesta sorpresa para celebrar su graduación.They threw him a surprise party to celebrate his graduation.
4. (to educate)
a. to teach
No dan mi asignatura favorita en la escuela.My favorite subject is not taught in school.
5. (to apply)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Le voy a dar otra capa de barniz a esta mesa.I'm going to give this table another coat of varnish.
Esta pared necesita que le des otra pasada de pintura.This wall needs another coat of paint.
6. (to grant)
a. to award
Me dieron una beca para ir a la universidad.I was awarded a scholarship to go to university.
7. (to lend)
a. to give (a pleasant taste)
La hoja de laurel le da un sabor único a la sopa.Bay leaf gives a unique taste to the soup.
8. (to express)
a. to say (thanks or greetings)
Sra. García, le quiero dar las gracias por una cena magnífica.Mrs. García, I just want to say thank you for a wonderful dinner.
b. to give
El Día de Acción de Gracias es un día para dar las gracias por todo lo que tenemos.Thanksgiving Day is a day to give thanks for all that we have.
9. (to perform an action)
a. to take
¿Quieres dar un paseo por el río?Would you like to take a walk by the river?
10. (card games)
a. to deal
¿Quién va a dar esta ronda?Who's going to deal this round?
11. (film, theater, television)
a. to show
El cine independiente está dando un maratón de películas clásicas.The independent movie theater is showing a classic film marathon.
12. (to sound)
a. to strike (clock)
El reloj dio las doce de la noche y Cenicienta huyó del palacio.The clock struck midnight and Cinderella fled the palace.
13. (to make feel)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No puedo tomar café caliente en este clima; me da demasiado calor.I can't drink hot coffee in this weather; it makes me too hot.
Me da miedo quedarme sola en la casa.I get scared staying at home alone.
14. (to regard; used with "por")
a. to consider
Necesito que termines el proyecto. - Dalo por hecho.I need you to finish the project. - Consider it done.
15.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to spoil)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to ruin
Me dio la película al decirme el final.He ruined the movie for me when he spoiled the ending.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
16. (to happen suddenly)
a. to feel
Me dieron ganas de vomitar cuando vi el insecto en mi comida.I felt like throwing up when I saw the bug in my food.
b. to have
Al papá de Gabriela le dio un derrame cerebral.Gabriela's father had a stroke.
17. (to matter)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Quieres ir a la playa o a la piscina? - Me da lo mismo.Do you want to go to the beach or to the pool? - It's all the same to me.
Me da igual si comemos pasta o pescado esta noche.It doesn't matter to me whether we have pasta or fish tonight.
18. (to be oriented towards)
a. to overlook
El balcón del hotel da hacia el mar.The hotel balcony overlooks the ocean.
b. to face
Mi apartamento da hacia el sur.My apartment faces south.
c. to look onto
El restaurante da al parque.The restaurant looks onto the park.
19. (to activate)
a. to press
Da al botón para prender la computadora.Press the button to turn on the computer.
20. (to strike)
a. to hit
El boxeador le dio en la cara a su oponente y ganó la pelea.The boxer hit his opponent in the face and won the fight.
b. to kick (a ball)
Trató de darle a la bola pero falló.She tried to kick the ball but missed.
21. (to discover)
a. to find
Después de años de investigación, por fin dio con la solución.After years of research, she finally found the solution.
b. to hit upon
Hasta el día de hoy, nadie ha dado con la respuesta al acertijo.So far, no one has hit upon the answer to the riddle.
c. to come up with
El equipo aún no ha dado con una solución al problema.The team still hasn't come up with a solution to the problem.
22. (to be inclined)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Desde que supo que consiguió el trabajo, le ha dado con ir de compras todo el tiempo.Ever since he found out that he got the job, he's taken to nonstop shopping.
Me ha dado con tomarme una copa de vino con la cena.I've started having a glass of wine with my dinner.
23. (to be sufficient; used with "para")
a. to be enough
No sé si esta pizza dará para todos.I'm not sure if this pizza will be enough for everyone.
24. (to motivate)
a. to give
Los sucesos de hoy me dieron qué pensar.Today's events have given me something to think about.
25. (to shine)
a. to hit
De este ángulo el sol me da en los ojos y no puedo ver.From this angle, the sun hits my eyes and I can't see.
26. (card games)
a. to deal
Ya el repartido dio, así que te toca jugar.The dealer already dealt so it's your turn to play.
darse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
27. (to thrive)
a. to grow
Esta variedad de lechuga se da en cualquier sitio.This lettuce variety can grow anywhere.
28. (to bash; used with "con")
a. to hit
Me di en el codo con la mesa y ahora está dormido.I hit my elbow on the table and now it's numb.
b. to crash
Por estar texteando mientras conducía, se dio contra la pared del túnel.He crashed into the tunnel wall because he was texting while driving.
c. to bump
Prende la luz, que no me quiero dar con la esquina de la cama.Turn on the light; I don't want to bump into the corner of the bed.
29. (to occur)
a. to happen
Una luna de sangre no se da muy a menudo.A blood moon doesn't happen that often.
b. to present itself
Una oportunidad así no se da muy a menudo.Such an opportunity does not present itself very often.
30. (to start)
a. to take to
Estoy preocupado porque Javier se ha dado a fumar demasiado.I'm worried because Javier has taken to smoking too much.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
31. (to hurt oneself)
a. to hit oneself
Me di en la cabeza contra el marco de la ventana.I hit myself on the head on the window frame.
32. (to surrender)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to give up
Vas a perder, ¿te das?You are going to lose. Do you give up?
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vuelta(
bwehl
-
tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (rotation)
a. turn
Hay que darle una vuelta más a la llave.You have to give the key another turn.
b. revolution
La Tierra da una vuelta sobre su eje en unas 24 horas.The Earth makes one revolution on its axis in about 24 hours.
2. (reverse)
a. back
Por favor, usa la vuelta de la hoja también.Please use the back of the page as well.
b. other side
La firma está a la vuelta de la tarjeta.The signature is on the other side of the card.
3. (act of returning)
a. return
¿Cómo piensan pagar el viaje de vuelta?How do you plan to pay for the return trip?
4. (short excursion)
a. stroll
Los domingos después de comer vamos a dar una vuelta.After lunch on Sundays, we go for a stroll.
b. walk
Acompáñame a dar la vuelta a la manzana.Come take a walk around the block with me.
c. ride
Jacobo salió a dar la vuelta en su cuatrimoto.Jacobo went for a ride on his ATV.
5. (on a road)
a. bend
¡Cuántas vueltas tiene esta carretera!This road has lots of bends!
6. (sports)
a. lap
Debes correr cinco vueltas de la pista en esta carrera.You need to run five laps of the track in this race.
b. round
¿Quieres jugar una vuelta de golf este jueves?Do you want to play a round of golf this Thursday?
7. (coins)
a. change
Puedes quedarte con la vuelta.You can keep the change.
8. (drinks)
a. round
Yo invito a la primera vuelta.The first round's on me.
9. (politics)
a. round
Recibió el 40 % de los votos en la primera vuelta de elecciones.He got 40% of the vote in the first round of elections.
10. (knitting or sewing)
a. cuff
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El hilo morado que se usó para coser la vuelta de la camisa azul le da un toque de intriga.The purple thread used to sew the cuff on the blue shirt adds a touch of intrigue.
b. turn-up (United Kingdom)
Quiero una vuelta de unos tres centímetros en mis pantalones.I like a turn-up of about three centimeters on my trousers.
c. row (United Kingdom)
El cojín tiene varias vueltas de diferentes colores.The cushion has several rows of different colors.
11. (nautical)
a. loop
Ata un extremo dos veces y haz dos vueltas al anillo.Tie one end together twice and tie two loops to the ring.
12. (end)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A la vuelta de siete meses de vivir en la calle, por fin encontró trabajo.After seven months of living on the streets, he finally found a job.
Nos casamos y a la vuelta de tres años tuvimos nuestro primer bebé.We got married and three years later we had our first baby.
vueltas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
13. (complications) (Southern Cone)
a. difficult
No entiendo a este pibe. Tiene tantas vueltas.I don't get this guy. He's so difficult.
14. (coins)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
a. change
Si compras chicle por 1,500 pesos y pagas con un billete de 2,000, deben darte 500 de vueltas.If you buy gum for 1,500 pesos and pay with a 2,000 peso bill, they should give you 500 in change.
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