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"Decepcionar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to disappoint", and "desilusionar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to disappoint". Learn more about the difference between "decepcionar" and "desilusionar" below.
decepcionar(
deh
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sehp
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syoh
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nahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to disenchant)
a. to disappoint
Voy a poner todo mi empeño en ganar para no decepcionar ni a mi familia ni a mis amigos.I will do all I can to win, and to not disappoint my family or friends.
b. to let down
El político no cumplió sus promesas y decepcionó a sus seguidores.The politician didn't fulfill his promises and let down his followers.
decepcionarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to become disenchanted)
a. to lose heart
Estaba muy ilusionado buscando un nuevo trabajo, pero me decepcioné cuando nadie me contrató.I was very excited about looking for a new job, but I lost heart when nobody hired me.
b. to be disappointed
Nos decepcionamos con el servicio de este nuevo restaurante. ¡Es muy lento!We were disappointed with the service at this new restaurant. Too slow!
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desilusionar(
dehs
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loo
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syoh
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nahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to fail to meet expectations of)
a. to disappoint
El empate desilusionó a los hinchas, que esperaban que su equipo ganara.The draw disappointed the fans, who were hoping their team would win.
b. to disillusion
Nadie quería escucharme, y esta experiencia me desilusionó.No one would listen to me and I was disillusioned by the experience.
c. to let down
Creímos que las promesas del director eran sinceras, pero nos desilusionó.We thought the head's promises were sincere but he let us down.
desilusionarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to feel disappointment)
a. to be disappointed
No te desilusiones si nadie te apoya; sigue adelante.Don't be disappointed if nobody helps you; keep on trying.
b. to become disillusioned
Cuando entró en el mundo de la política, Laura esperaba conseguir grandes cosas, pero pronto se desilusionó.When she entered the world of politics, Laura hoped to achieve great things, but she soon became disillusioned.
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