Quick answer
"Desconectar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to disconnect", and "conectar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to connect". Learn more about the difference between "desconectar" and "conectar" below.
desconectar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (electricity and electronics)
a. to disconnect
Asegúrate de desconectar el horno antes de efectuar la reparación.Make sure you disconnect the oven before carrying out repairs.
b. to switch off
Por precaución se recomienda desconectar los aparatos electrónicos durante una tormenta.As a precaution it is advisable to disconnect electronic devices during a storm.
c. to turn off
Desconecté el móvil durante la siesta para que nadie me molestara.I turned my cellphone off while I took a nap so that no one could disturb me.
d. to unplug
Antes de ponerte a tocar cables, desconecta el televisor por si acaso.Before you start doing anything with the cables, unplug the TV just in case.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to stop paying attention)
a. to switch off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Cuando mi suegra habla de cosas negativas desconecto y pienso en otra cosa.When my mother-in-law talks about negative things I switch off and think of something else.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to disengage)
a. to switch off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Llego a casa después de un día de trabajo ajetreado y me cuesta desconectar.I get home from a busy day at the office and I find it hard to switch off.
desconectarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (computing)
a. to log off
Para desconectarse el usuario tiene que hacer clic en la cruz que hay en la esquina superior derecha de la ventana.To log off the user has to click on the cross in the top right-hand corner of the window.
5. (to lose contact)
a. to lose touch
Hace años me desconecté de mis amigas y ahora son totalmente diferentes.I lost touch with my friends years ago and now they're totally different people.
b. to cut oneself off (voluntarily)
Si te vas a vivir en Australia te vas a desconectar de toda la familia.If you go and live in Australia you'll cut yourself off from your whole family.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to stop paying attention)
a. to switch off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Es un alumno difícil: cuando no entiende, se desconecta y no hay manera de volver a interesarlo en un tema.He's a difficult pupil: when he doesn't understand something, he switches off and there's no way of getting him interested in the subject again.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to disengage)
a. to switch off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Después de un día complicado, me siento frente a la tele para desconectarme.After a difficult day, I sit down in front of the TV to switch off.
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conectar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to attach; often used with "con" or "a")
a. to connect
Si conectas el cable verde con el azul, provocarás un cortocircuito.If you connect the green cable to the blue one, you'll cause a short circuit.
b. to connect up
Tendremos que conectar la casa rodante a la red de abastecimiento de agua.We'll need to connect up the mobile home to the water supply.
c. to plug in (to socket)
La tostadora no prenderá si no la conectas.The toaster won't work if you don't plug it in.
2. (to join)
a. to link
El canal de Panamá conecta los océanos Atlántico y Pacífico.The Panama Canal links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
b. to connect
Hay autobuses y trenes que conectan el aeropuerto y el centro de la ciudad.There are buses and trains connecting the airport with the city center.
3. (telecommunications)
a. to put someone through
El recepcionista me conectó con la médica.The receptionist put me through to the doctor.
4. (to relate to; used with "con")
a. to link
La evidencia forense conecta este asesinato con otro cometido hace cinco años.Forensic evidence links this murder to another one committed five years ago.
b. to connect
Es posible que su mal comportamiento esté conectado con las malas compañías.His bad behavior may be connected to the bad company he keeps.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to get on; used with "con")
a. to get along with
La profesora de inglés conecta bien con sus alumnos.The English teacher gets along well with her students.
b. to get through to
El director cinematográfico logró conectar con su público con esta historia conmovedora.The film director really got through to his audience with this moving story.
c. to reach
Buscamos alguien que sepa conectar con los jóvenes.We're looking for someone who can reach young people.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Federica conecta rápidamente con los niños; los hace reír en cuestión de minutos.Federica is an instant hit with children; she has them laughing in a matter of minutes.
Mi novio conectó de maravilla con mis padres.My boyfriend really clicked with my parents.
6. (television; used with "con")
a. to go over to
Conectamos con nuestro corresponsal en Caracas. ¿Cuáles son las últimas noticias allá?And now we're going over to our correspondent in Caracas. What's the latest news over there?
7. (transport; used with "con")
a. to provide a link to
Este nuevo puente conectará con el puerto.This new bridge will provide a link to the port.
b. to connect with
Viaje con nosotros para conectar rápidamente con todas las ciudades europeas.Travel with us to connect fast with all European cities.
Compramos el billete equivocado; este vuelo no conecta con el de Bangkok.We bought the wrong ticket; this flight doesn't connect with the Bangkok one.
c. to get a connection to
Desde aquí puedes conectar con cualquier ciudad de Gran Bretaña.From here you can get a connection to any British city.
conectarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (computing)
a. to get connected
No puedo conectarme a la Internet, el router no funciona.I can't get connected to the Internet; the router isn't working.
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