Quick answer
"Let out" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "soltar", and "give away" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "regalar". Learn more about the difference between "let out" and "give away" below.
let out
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 utter)
a. soltar
The little girl let out a scream of fright when the dog ran up to her.La niña soltó un grito de terror cuando el perro corrió hacia ella.
2. (to allow to leave)
a. dejar salir
They won't let her out of the hospital until she can walk on crutches.No la van a dejar salir del hospital hasta que pueda caminar con muletas.
b. soltar
You left that gate open and let the sheep out, didn't you?Dejaste la tranquera abierta y soltaste las ovejas, ¿verdad?
3. (to allow to flow out)
a. dejar salir
Don't leave the oven door open. You'll let all the heat out.No dejes abierta la puerta del horno. Vas a dejar salir todo el calor.
b. expulsar
Take a deep breath and let it out slowly.Respira hondo y expulsa el aire lentamente.
4. (to reveal)
a. revelar
In his speech, the minister let out that they are going to increase the VAT.En su discurso, el ministro reveló que van a aumentar el IVA.
5. (to make wider)
a. ensanchar
I've put on so much weight I need to let these pants out.Engordé tanto que necesito ensanchar este pantalón.
b. agrandar
When cutting out the dress pattern, you can let it out or take it in where indicated.Al recortar el patrón para el vestido, puedes agrandar o achicarlo donde se indica.
6. (to free from captivity)
a. liberar
He was sentenced to seven years, but they let him out after four and a half.Lo condenaron a siete años de cárcel, pero lo liberaron después de cuatro años y medio.
7. (to exempt)
a. eximir
Luckily, my mother found a friend who could take her, so that lets me out of doing it.Por suerte, mi madre tenía una amiga que la pudo llevar, y eso me exime de hacerlo.
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
8. (to come to an end)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. terminar (school)
The traffic is always bad when the schools are letting out.Siempre hay mucha congestión del tráfico cuando terminan los colegios.
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give away
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 give as a gift)
a. regalar
I realized that I had way too much clothing, so I decided to give a bunch of it away.Me di cuenta de que tenía demasiada ropa, así que decidí regalar parte de ella.
b. obsequiar
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
The monk gave away all his possessions to the poor.El monje obsequió todas sus posesiones a los pobres.
2. (to grant a prize)
a. entregar
For tonight's grand prize, we're giving away a cruise to the Bahamas.Como gran premio de la noche, vamos a entregar un viaje en crucero a las Bahamas.
b. hacer entrega de
We'll be giving away two tickets to a Broadway musical.Haremos entrega de dos entradas de un musical de Broadway.
3. (to present the bride)
a. entregar en matrimonio
Because her father was no longer alive, her brother gave her away at the wedding.Como su padre ya no estaba vivo, su hermano la entregó en matrimonio en la boda.
4. (to reveal)
a. traicionar
Some people think I'm a Spaniard, but I give myself away when I use words like "jalar" and "botar."Algunas personas creen que soy español, pero me traiciono cuando uso palabras como jalar y botar.
b. revelar
The soldier was executed for giving away government secrets to the enemy.El soldado fue ejecutado por revelar secretos del gobierno al enemigo.
5. (to betray)
a. delatar
He gave away the undercover cop because the mob threatened his family.Delató al policía encubierto porque la mafia amenazó a su familia.
b. vender
The slight movement of the ventriloquist's lips gave him away.El leve movimiento de labios del ventrílocuo lo vendió.
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