Quick answer
"Flip" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "voltear", and "turn over" is a transitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "voltear". Learn more about the difference between "flip" and "turn over" below.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to turn over)
a. voltear
You need to flip your mattress several times a year so it stays firm.Debes voltear tu colchón varias veces al año para que se mantenga firme.
2. (to throw in the air)
a. lanzar (a coin)
Let's flip a coin to decide who gets to play first.Lancemos una moneda al aire para decidir quién juega primero.
b. aventar
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
She flipped me the keys from the balcony, but I couldn't catch them.Ella me aventó las llaves desde el balcón pero no las pude agarrar.
3. (to move)
a. mover
Flip the light switch to the off position before cleaning the lamp.Mueve el interruptor de la lámpara a la posición de apagado antes de limpiarla.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to lose control)
a. perder la chaveta
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
He flipped and started to yell when they told him what had happened.Perdió la chaveta y se puso a gritar cuando le dijeron lo que había pasado.
b. volverse majara
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The students started to flip when the teacher announced that the exam was that day.Los estudiantes comenzaron a volverse majara cuando la maestra dijo que el examen era ese día.
5. (to turn over)
a. volcar
The car collided with the wall and flipped on its roof.El auto chocó contra el muro y volcó.
b. dar vuelta
The truck flipped on its side on the road just missing a car.El camión se dio vuelta y quedó de costado en la carretera y por poco aplasta un auto.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (gymnastics)
a. la voltereta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The gymnast did two flips at the end of her routine.La gimnasta dio dos volteretas al final de su presentación.
7. (blow)
a. el capirotazo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My brother gave me a flip on the forehead for having teased him.Mi hermano me dio un capirotazo en la frente por habérmelo bromeado.
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turn over
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 flip)
a. voltear
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
When they turned him over, they saw that he was dead.Cuando lo voltearon, vieron que estaba muerto.
b. dar la vuelta a
She turned over the record to listen to side B.Dio la vuelta al disco para escuchar el lado B.
c. dar vuelta a
The chef turned over the sirloin, and it had a perfect sear.El chef dio vuelta al solomillo y estaba perfectamente dorado.
d. volver (page)
If you turn the page over, you will see a diagram of a eurkaryotic cell.Si vuelven la página, verán el diagrama de una célula eucariota.
2. (to give)
a. entregar
You're fired. Empty out your filing cabinet and turn your keys over to the secretary.Está despedido. Vacíe su archivador y entregue sus llaves a la secretaria.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to consider)
a. darle vueltas a
I've been turning over your proposal, and I think it's a good idea.He estado dándole vueltas a tu propuesta y me parece una buena idea.
4. (to sell)
a. facturar
The new tech company turned over more than five million dollars in its first year.La nueva empresa facturó más de cinco millones de dólares en su primer año.
5. (to turn on)
a. girar
Oh no! The car's battery doesn't have enough juice to turn the engine over!¡Oh, no! ¡La batería del auto no tiene suficiente carga para hacer girar el motor!
b. funcionar
I have tried to start my old car several times, but still can't get the engine to turn over.He tratado de encender mi carrito viejo varias veces, pero no he podido hacer funcionar el motor.
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
6. (to flip over)
a. volcarse
The truck turned over on a sharp turn.El camión se volcó en una curva brusca.
b. volcar
Don't drive so fast on the mountain roads; you could turn over!No manejes tan rápido en las montañas, ¡que puedes volcar!
7. (to change sides)
a. darse vuelta
I couldn't sleep last night. I don't even know how many times I turned over.No pude dormir anoche. Ni sé cuántas veces me di vueltas.
b. darse la vuelta
Lana shut off the alarm, turned over, and went back to sleep.Lana apagó la alarma, se dio la vuelta y volvió a dormirse.
8. (to change pages)
a. volver
If you turn over to page 277, we'll look at the Caravaggio painting that appears there.Si vuelven a la página 277, observaremos el cuadro de Caravaggio que aparece allí.
b. pasar
Let's now turn over to the last page of the document.Pasemos ahora a la última página del documento.
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