Quick answer
"Despedida" is a noun which is often translated as "farewell", and "presentación" is a noun which is often translated as "presentation". Learn more about the difference between "despedida" and "presentación" below.
despedida(
dehs
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peh
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dee
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dah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (the act of saying goodbye)
a. farewell
Cuando llegó el momento de despedida, Fabiola rompió en llanto.When the moment to say farewell arrived, Fabiola broke down in tears.
b. goodbye
Fue una despedida un poco incómoda, ¿no crees?That was kind of an awkward goodbye, don't you think?
2. (celebration)
a. going-away party
Vamos a tener una despedida para mi amiga Mariela.We are having a going-away party for my friend Mariela.
b. send-off
¡Qué hermosa despedida tuvieron para las tropas!What a lovely send-off they held for the troops!
c. farewell party
Bertha tuvo una despedida para su hermana cuando se mudó a Londres.Bertha had a farewell party for her sister when she moved to London.
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presentación(
preh
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sehn
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tah
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syohn
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (talk)
a. presentation
En su presentación sobre psicología clínica, Pepe habló de la situación de un amigo.In his presentation on clinical psychology, Pepe spoke about a friend's situation.
2. (act of introducing)
a. presentation
Surgieron muchas dudas durante la presentación del informe anual.A number of doubts were raised during the presentation of the annual report.
b. introduction (of people)
Me encargaré de hacer las presentaciones de los nuevos empleados al director.I'll be making the introductions between the new members of staff and the director.
c. launch (of a product or a campaign)
La presentación del libro se hará en la biblioteca estatal.The book launch will take place at the state library.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(of an event or a program)
La presentación del acto estará a cargo de una persona a quien todos conocemos.The event will be hosted by someone we all know.
La presentación de las noticias correrá a cargo de Juan Olivera.The news will be presented by Juan Olivera.
3. (act of showing)
a. presentation
Solo se permitirá el acceso al recinto mediante la presentación de la entrada.Access to the enclosure will only be permitted upon presentation of a ticket.
4. (act of giving)
a. submission
El plazo para la presentación de solicitudes vence a fin de mes.The deadline for the submission of applications is the end of the month.
b. presentation
Se cantará el himno nacional durante la presentación de los premios.The national anthem will be sung during the presentation of the awards.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El plazo para la presentación del trabajo se ha ampliado hasta el 9 de mayo.The deadline for submitting work has been extended till May 9th.
El estudiante debe justificar su inasistencia mediante la presentación del certificado médico correspondiente.The student must justify his or her inattendance by presenting the relevant medical certificate.
5. (look)
a. presentation
La comida que nos dieron tenía muy mala presentación.The presentation of the meal we were served was very poor.
b. appearance (of a person)
La presentación es muy importante, y por eso hay que pensar bien en lo que vas a ponerte para cualquier entrevista de trabajo.Appearance is very important, so you need to think carefully about what you're going to wear for any job interview.
6. (pharmacy)
a. presentation
Según la presentación del medicamento, puede ser fácil de administrar al animal o no.Depending on the drug's presentation, it may or may not be easy to administer to the animal.
7. (fetal position)
a. presentation
La presentación cefálica es la ideal para el parto.Head-first presentation is optimal for delivery.
8. (religious)
a. Presentation
La Presentación de Jesús en el Templo se celebra el 2 de febrero.The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is celebrated on February 2nd.
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