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"Desinteresado" is an adjective which is often translated as "unselfish", and "interesado" is an adjective which is often translated as "interested". Learn more about the difference between "desinteresado" and "interesado" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (altruistic)
a. unselfish
Aprecio que seas desinteresado y que te tomes tiempo para ayudarme.I appreciate that you're unselfish and that you take time to help me.
b. selfless
Laura siempre dona ropa y dinero. Es una persona desinteresada y caritativa.Laura always donates clothes and money. She's a selfless and charitable person.
2. (impartial)
a. disinterested
Necesito un consejo desinteresado de alguien que no me conozca.I need disinterested advice from somebody who doesn't know me.
3. (not interested)
a. uninterested
La noto muy desinteresada en el estudio desde que cortó con el novio.I've noticed that she's been very uninterested in studying ever since she broke up with her boyfriend.
b. disinterested
Me siento desinteresada y sin ganas de hacer nada.I'm disinterested and don't feel like doing anything.
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interesado(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (wanting to learn more)
a. interested
La historia de la Antigua Grecia siempre me ha interesado.Ancient Greek history has always interested me.
Estoy muy interesado en el puesto de gerente.I'm very interested in the managing position.
2. (driven by self-interest)
a. self-interested
Es un hombre interesado que no hace nada de lo que no pueda sacar ventaja.He's a self-interested man who doesn't do anything if he can't take advantage of it.
b. selfish
María se hace amiga de gente rica porque es muy interesada.María becomes friends with rich people because she's very selfish.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (person involved)
a. interested party
Los interesados deben presentarse en el tribunal.The interested parties should appear in court.
b. interested person
Los gastos de viaje los debe cubrir el interesado.The travel expenses should be covered by the interested person.
c. applicant
Los interesados tienen que mandar dos referencias.The applicants need to send two references.
4. (person driven by self-interest)
a. selfish person
Es un interesado, incapaz de ayudar a los demás.He's a selfish person, incapable of helping others.
b. self-interested person
Por ser una interesada, la idea de generosidad le resulta estrafalaria.As a self-interested person, the notion of generosity is alien to her.
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