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"Despierto" is an adjective which is often translated as "awake", and "listo" is an adjective which is often translated as "smart". Learn more about the difference between "despierto" and "listo" 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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listo(
lees
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toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (intelligent)
a. smart
El chico más listo de la clase sacó unas notas excelentes.The smartest guy in our class got excellent grades.
b. clever
Los jugadores de ajedrez son muy listos.Chess players are very clever.
2. (prepared)
a. ready
¿Están ya listos? Tenemos que irnos.Are you ready? We have to go.
3. (done)
a. finished
El artículo tiene que estar listo para el jueves.The article has to be finished by Thursday.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (all right)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. OK
¿Vienen con nosotros? - ¡Listo!Are you coming with us? - OK!
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