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"Despertarse" is a reflexive verb which is often translated as "to wake up", and "maquillarse" is a reflexive verb which is often translated as "to make oneself up". Learn more about the difference between "despertarse" and "maquillarse" below.
despertarse(
dehs
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pehr
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tahr
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seh
)
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to awake from sleep)
a. to wake up
Despiértame antes de irte.Wake me up before you go.
despertar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (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.
3. (to stimulate)
a. to arouse
Por donde quiera que vaya despierta simpatías.Wherever he goes he arouses sympathy.
4. (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).
5. (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.
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maquillarse(
mah
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kee
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yahr
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seh
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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to apply cosmetics)
a. to make oneself up
Los amigos se maquillaron en tonos verdes para la fiesta del Día de San Patricio.The friends made themselves up for the St. Patrick's Day party using shades of green.
b. to put on makeup
¿Te vas a maquillar para salir a correr?Are you going to put makeup on to go running?
c. to make up
¿Me enseñas a maquillarme la cara?Will you teach me how to make my face up?
maquillar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to apply cosmetics)
a. to make up
¿Quién te va a maquillar el día de tu boda civil?Who is going to make you up on the day of your civil ceremony?
b. to do someone's makeup
¿Quién te maquilló? ¡Estás preciosa!Who did your makeup? You look beautiful!
c. to put makeup on
A ver que te maquillo un poco.Let me put some makeup on you.
3. (to manipulate)
a. to massage
La empresa maquilló las cifras para su propio beneficio.The company massaged the figures for its own benefit.
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