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"Despierto" is an adjective which is often translated as "awake", and "abierto" is an adjective which is often translated as "open". Learn more about the difference between "despierto" and "abierto" below.
despierto(
dehs
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pyehr
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toh
)
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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abierto(
ah
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byehr
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toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not closed)
a. open
No dejes el refrigerador abierto.Don't leave the refrigerator open.
La tienda está abierta por si quieres ir a comprar leche.The store is open in case you want to go buy milk.
2. (accessible)
a. open-minded
Es muy abierta; puedes hablar con ella de cualquier cosa.She is very open-minded; you can talk to her about anything.
b. open
Estoy abierta a cualquier sugerencia o crítica que tengan.I'm open to any suggestion or criticism you may have.
3. (public)
a. open
Hay un conflicto abierto en esa parte del mundo.There is an open conflict going on in that part of the world.
4. (linguistics)
a. open
Una vocal puede ser abierta o cerrada.A vowel can be open or closed.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (sports)
a. open tournament
El club de golf tendrá un abierto en junio.The golf club will hold an open tournament in June.
b. open
El Abierto de Canadá se celebró en marzo.The Canadian Open took place in March.
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