Quick answer
"Desear" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to want", and "cambiar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to change". Learn more about the difference between "desear" and "cambiar" below.
desear(
deh
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seh
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ahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to long for)
a. to want
Solo deseo hacerte feliz.I just want to make you happy.
¿Qué deseas para Navidad?What do you want for Christmas?
b. to wish
El director desea hablar con usted.The director wishes to speak to you.
c. to desire
Los discursos del presidente dejan mucho que desear.The president's speeches leave a lot to be desired.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
"¿Qué desea?", preguntó el mayordomo."How can I help you?," asked the butler.
¿Desea algo de tomar?Would you like something to drink?
2. (to express a desire for)
a. to wish
Les deseé muchos años de felicidad.I wished them many years of happiness.
3. (to desire sexually)
a. to want
"Te deseo", dijo el rompecorazones de la película."I want you," said the heartbreaker in the movie.
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cambiar(
kahm
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byahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to transform)
a. to change
Quiero cambiar el color de mi pelo.I want to change my hair color.
2. (to swap)
a. to exchange
¿Alguien quiere cambiar pegatinas?Is there anybody looking to exchange stickers?
3. (to replace)
a. to change
Cambié la bombilla pero todavía no funciona la lámpara.I changed the light bulb but the lamp still won't work.
4. (transport)
a. to change
Cuando estés parado, tira del freno de mano y cambia a marcha atrás.Once you've stopped, apply the handbrake and change into reverse.
5. (finance)
a. to exchange
Puedes cambiar divisas aunque tengas cuentas en bancos diferentes.You can exchange currency even if you have accounts in different banks.
b. to change
Si vas a viajar a Inglaterra, tendrás que cambiar dólares en libras esterlinas.If you're traveling to England, you'll need to change dollars into pound sterlings.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to transform)
a. to change
En los últimos años, mi padre ha cambiado mucho, se le ha suavizado el carácter.In recent years, my father has changed a lot. His character has mellowed.
7. (transport)
a. to change
Para ir desde aquí hasta allí en metro, tienes que cambiar en Plaza Universidad.To go from here to there by metro, you need to change at Plaza Universidad.
8. (automobilism)
a. to change gear
¡Cambia! ¿No ves que se te está ahogando el motor?Change gear! Don't you see the engine's flooding?
b. to change
Cuando empiezas a conducir, lo primero que aprendes es cómo cambiar de marcha.When you start driving, the first thing you learn is how to change gear.
c. to change down
Al llegar a la cuesta, el conductor cambió de tercera a segunda.On reaching the hill, the driver changed down from third into second.
d. to change up
Cuando aceleraraste, tendrías que haber cambiado a quinta.When you accelerated, you should have changed up into fifth.
9. (telecommunications)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Nos puede indicar su posición? Cambio. - Sí, estamos a cinco millas de la costa en dirección este. Cambio.Can you give us your position? Over. - Yes, we are five miles east of the coast. Over.
De acuerdo, le avisaré cuando estemos sobrevolando la ciudad. Cambio y corto.Ok, I'll let you know when we're flying over the city. Over and out.
cambiarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
10. (to change clothes)
a. to change
Ve a cambiarte que estás empapado.Go change; you are soaked.
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