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"Defraudar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to disappoint", and "decepcionar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to disappoint". Learn more about the difference between "defraudar" and "decepcionar" below.
defraudar(
deh
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frow
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dahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to dissatisfy)
a. to disappoint
La banda dio un concierto pésimo que defraudó a sus seguidores.The band put on a bad show that disappointed the fans.
b. to let down
Mis padres van a pagar por mis estudios, así que no los voy a defraudar.My parents will pay for my education, so I won't let them down.
c. to dash (hope)
Sus declaraciones negativas defraudaron nuestras esperanzas de lograr un acuerdo.His negative statements dashed our hopes of working out an agreement.
2. (to swindle)
a. to defraud
López defraudó al departamento de impuestos cuando realizó la compra del yate.Lopez defrauded the tax department when he purchased the yacht.
b. to cheat
El empresario defraudó a las autoridades en reiteradas ocasiones y fue encarcelado.The businessman cheated the authorities many times and was incarcerated.
c. to evade (taxes)
El magnate fue procesado por defraudar impuestos.The magnate was prosecuted for evading taxes.
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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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