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"Give up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "dejar", and "quit" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "dejar". Learn more about the difference between "give up" and "quit" below.
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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 renounce)
a. dejar (a habit or activity)
I'm trying to give up smoking.Estoy intentando dejar de fumar.
b. renunciar a (a job or a religion)
I had to give up my job to care for my mother.Tuve que renunciar a mi trabajo para cuidar a mi madre.
c. abandonar (an idea, studies, a fight)
She gave up university in the second year.Abandonó la carrera en el segundo año.
2. (to relinquish)
a. ceder
He gave up his seat to a lady with two young children.Cedió el asiento a una señora con dos niños pequeños.
3. (to hand over)
a. entregar
He gave his accomplices up to the authorities.Entregó sus cómplices a las autoridades.
4. (to surrender)
a. entregarse
The man later gave himself up to the police.Más tarde el hombre se entregó a la policía.
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
5. (to quit)
a. rendirse
He gave up without a fight.Se rindió sin luchar.
b. darse por vencido
To succeed, you have to keep going and never give up.Para triunfar, tienes que seguir adelante y nunca darte por vencido.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to stop)
a. dejar
Can you quit that and help me with dinner?¿Podrías dejar eso y ayudarme con la cena?
b. dejar de
I have just quit smoking.Acabo de dejar de fumar.
c. abandonar
I quit the bad habits of my youth many years ago.Abandoné todas las malas costumbres de la juventud hace muchos años.
2. (to resign from)
a. renunciar a
I quit my job because I couldn't stand my boss.Renuncié a mi trabajo porque no soportaba al jefe.
b. dejar
My sister quit her job due to stress.Mi hermana dejó el trabajo por el estrés.
c. dimitir de
Jorge quit his post as team coordinator.Jorge dimitió de su cargo como coordinador del equipo.
3. (computing)
a. abandonar
You should quit that program and restart your computer.Debes abandonar ese programa y reiniciar tu computadora.
b. cerrar
If the image is frozen, you'll have to quit YouTube and start again.Si se congeló la imagen, tendrás que cerrar YouTube y empezar de nuevo.
c. salir de
Quit that program and we'll see if we can't find the cause of the problem.Sal de ese programa y vemos si no podemos encontrar la causa del problema.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(to leave)
a. dejar
We quit the house at noon yesterday.Dejamos la casa ayer al mediodía.
b. abandonar
They say the king quit his wife because he wanted a male heir.Dicen que el rey abandonó a su esposa porque quería un heredero varón.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to stop)
a. parar
I knew that if I quit, I would be letting a lot of people down.Sabía que si paraba, iba a decepcionar a mucha gente.
b. dejar
You can always quit for a while.Siempre puedes dejarlo un rato.
6. (to resign)
a. renunciar
You can't just quit like that.No puedes simplemente renunciar así.
b. dimitir
You can stick this job. I quit!Ya sabes donde puedes meter el trabajo. ¡Yo dimito!
7. (computing)
a. salir
Press F3 to quit without saving.Pulse F3 para salir sin guardar los cambios.
8. (to give up)
a. rendirse
I want to quit. - I know, but remember that we all go through bad patches.Me quiero rendir. - Ya sé, pero recuerda que todos pasamos por rachas malas.
b. abandonarse
Don't quit! I know you can do it.¡No te abandones! Sé que lo puedes hacer.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (free)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. libre
He was finally quit of his obligation.Por fin estaba libre de su obligación.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
10. (used to express annoyance)
a. ¡Basta!
Quit! I can't take that noise anymore.¡Basta! Ya no suporto ese ruido.
b. ¡Para ya!
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
Didn't you hear me the first time? Quit!¿No me escuchaste la primera vez? ¡Para ya!
c. ¡Paren ya! (plural)
Quit messing around!¡Paren ya de hacer el tonto!
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