Quick answer
"Despegar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to take off", and "quitarse" is a reflexive verb which is also often translated as "to take off". Learn more about the difference between "despegar" and "quitarse" below.
despegar(
dehs
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peh
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gahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to lift off)
a. to take off
El avión despegó a las tres en punto.The plane took off at exactly three o'clock.
2. (to be successful)
a. to take off
La compañía despegó después de realizar su nuevo producto.The company took off after releasing its new product.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to detach)
a. to unstick
Necesitas despegar las dos páginas mojadas.You need to unstick the two wet pages.
despegarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (to come off)
a. to become unstuck
La mariposa se ​​despegó de la telaraña y se fue volando.The butterfly became unstuck from the spiderweb and flew away.
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quitarse(
kee
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tahr
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seh
)
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to remove clothing)
a. to take off
Quítense la ropa mojada antes de entrar a la casa.Take off your wet clothes before entering the house.
2. (to move away)
a. to get out
Viene un toro, ¡quítense de enmedio!A bull is coming. Get out of the way!
quitar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to eliminate)
a. to remove
No pude quitar la mancha del mantel.I could not remove the stain from the tablecloth.
4. (to grab)
a. to take away
Le quité la carta que le había escrito.I took the letter I had written away from him.
b. to take
Me quitaron el celular en el autobús.Someone took my cell phone on the bus.
5. (to ease)
a. to relieve
La aspirina me quitó el dolor de inmediato.The aspirin relieved my pain immediately.
b. to take away
Le dieron morfina para quitar el dolor que sufrió después del accidente.They gave him morphine to take away the pain he suffered after the accident.
6. (to consume)
a. to take up
Pintarme las uñas me quita mucho tiempo.Painting my nails takes up a lot of my time.
7. (to exclude)
a. except for
Quitando las almendras, me gustan todos los frutos secos.Except for almonds, I like all nuts.
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