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quitar

Translation of quitar in English:

verbo transitivo

  • 2 (juguete/dinero) (+ me/te/le etc) le quité el cuchillo
    I took the knife (away) from her
    la policía le quitó el pasaporte
    the police took his passport away
    me quitaron la cartera del bolsillo
    someone took o stole my wallet from my pocket
    le quitó la pistola al ladrón
    he got o took the gun off the thief
    se lo quitó de un manotazo
    she swiped it out of his hand
    bailar
  • 3 (restar) (+ me/te/le etc) quítale 26 a 84
    take 26 away from 84
    no me quites autoridad delante de los niños
    don't undermine my authority in front of the children
    los niños me quitan mucho tiempo
    the children take up a lot of my time
    no es que quiera quitarte la razón pero …
    I'm not saying you're wrong but …
    no le quites méritos
    give him his due
    ese peinado te quita años
    that hairstyle takes years off you
    hay que quitarle un poco de ancho
    it needs to be taken in a bit
    trataba de quitarle importancia al asunto
    he tried to play the matter down
    le quita valor a la casa
    it detracts from the value of the house
  • 5 [familiar] (prohibir) (+ me/te/le etc) el médico me ha quitado la sal/el vino
    the doctor's told me I mustn't have any salt on my food/I mustn't drink wine

verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (España) [familiar] ¡quita (de ahí)!
    get out of the way!
    ¡quita ya! ¡eso no se lo cree nadie!
    oh come off it, nobody believes that!
  • 2 (en locuciones) de quita y pon
    (funda/etiqueta)
    tiene una capucha de quita y pon
    it has a detachable hood
    una fe de quita y pon [irónico]
    a very flexible o convenient sort of faith
    [ironic]
    eso no quita que …, yo lo hago así, eso no quita que se pueda hacer de otra manera
    I do it like this but that doesn't mean that there aren't other ways of doing it
    ni quitar ni poner [familiar], pregúntaselo a él, yo aquí ni quito ni pongo
    ask him about it, I don't count o my opinion doesn't count around here
    en ese asunto él ni quita ni pone
    he doesn't have any say in that matter
    quien quita y … (México) [familiar], quien quita y me lo regrese pronto
    I hope she brings it back soon

also: quitarse verbo pronominal

  • 2 (apartarse, retirarse)
    to get out of the way
    ¡quítate de mi vista!
    get out of my sight!
    he vendido el negocio, quiero quitarme de problemas
    I've sold the business, I want to be rid of all this trouble o [familiar] to be shot of all this hassle
Example sentences
  • Uno de los jinetes se volvió y se quitó el sombrero.
  • Dickinson se quita la gorra y la obsequia al público.
  • Este año nos quitan la actividad de importación y reconversión de vehículos.

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