Quick answer
"Faint" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "desmayarse", and "pass out" is an intransitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "desmayarse". Learn more about the difference between "faint" and "pass out" below.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to lose consciousness)
a. desmayarse
I fainted because the room was hot and I couldn't breathe.Me desmayé porque hacía calor en la habitación y no podía respirar.
b. sufrir un desmayo
My friend fainted after running his first marathon.Mi amigo sufrió un desmayo tras correr su primer maratón.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (loss of consciousness)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My dog will warn me if I am about to fall into a faint.Mi perro me advertirá si estoy a punto de desmayarme.
The doctor told us that her condition was stable but that she was still in a faint.El doctor nos dijo que su condición era estable pero que estaba todavía desmayada.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (slight)
a. ligero
I smell the faint aroma of fresh coffee.Huelo el ligero aroma a café recién hecho.
b. leve
I heard a faint whisper coming from the back of the classroom.Escuché un leve susurro proveniente del fondo del aula.
c. vago
She saw a faint shadow and thought it was a ghost.Vio una sombra vaga y pensó que era un fantasma.
d. débil
The faint moonlight illuminated the path we had to follow.La débil luz de la luna iluminaba el camino que debíamos seguir.
e. borroso
I smelled cinnamon buns and I had the faint image of my grandmother cooking.Me llegó el olor a bollos de canela y se me vino una imagen borrosa de mi abuela cocinando.
f. tenue
Luke switched off the lamp, but it still emitted a faint glow.Luke apagó la lámpara, pero esta seguía emitiendo un tenue resplandor.
g. remoto
There is a faint chance that the enemy will cross the river and attack our rear.Existe una posibilidad remota de que el enemigo cruce el río y nos ataque por la retaguardia.
h. apenas perceptible
There's somebody trapped in the elevator. I can hear a faint voice begging for help.Alguien quedó atrapado en el elevador. Puedo escuchar una voz apenas perceptible pidiendo ayuda.
i. apenas visible (something visible)
Can you see this faint mark on my arm? A dog attacked me when I was young.¿Ves esta marca apenas visible en mi brazo? Un perro me atacó cuando era joven.
4. (weak)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mary was faint with anxiety before meeting her favorite singer.Mary casi se desmaya de la ansiedad antes deconocer a su cantante favorito.
You feel faint because you stood up quickly and your blood pressure dropped.Te sientes mareado porque te paraste rápido y te bajó la presión.
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pass out
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
1. (to faint)
a. desmayarse
Daniel passed out due to his epilepsy.Daniel se desmayó por su epilepsia.
b. perder el conocimiento
Stephen passed out after his seventh shot of tequila.Stephen perdió el conocimiento después del séptimo tequila.
2. (military) (United Kingdom)
a. graduarse
Over a hundred cadets passed out from the military academy this year.Más de cien cadetes se graduaron en la academia militar este año.
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
3. (to distribute)
a. repartir
The teacher passed out paper to his students for the dictation.El maestro repartió papel entre los estudiantes para el dictado.
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