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"Despertado" is a form of "despertar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to wake up". "Despierto" is an adjective which is often translated as "awake". Learn more about the difference between "despertado" and "despierto" below.
despertar(
dehs
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pehr
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to awake from sleep)
a. to wake up
La policía vino y despertó a todo el edificio.The police came and woke up the whole building.
2. (to stimulate)
a. to arouse
Por donde quiera que vaya despierta simpatías.Wherever he goes he arouses sympathy.
3. (to conjure)
a. to awaken
Los olores despertaron viejos recuerdos de la infancia.The smells awakened old childhood memories.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (start)
a. awakening
Con el despertar de la naturaleza en primavera, florecen muchas flores hermosas.With the awakening of nature in spring, many beautiful flowers bloom.
despertarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to awake from sleep)
a. to wake up
Despiértame antes de irte.Wake me up before you go.
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despierto(
dehs
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pyehr
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toh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not asleep)
a. awake
El bebé me tuvo despierta toda la noche.The baby kept me awake the whole night.
2. (vigilant)
a. alert
Mantén la mente despierta y el cuerpo relajado.Keep an alert mind and a relaxed body.
b. sharp
Los niños tienen los sentidos muy despiertos.Children's senses are very sharp.
3. (smart)
a. bright
Es un niño muy despierto para su edad.He's a very bright kid for his age.
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