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"Destituir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to dismiss", and "despedir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to say goodbye". Learn more about the difference between "destituir" and "despedir" below.
destituir(
dehs
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tee
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tweer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(to fire)
a. to dismiss
El presidente destituyó a su mano derecha por estar implicado en casos de corrupción.The president dismissed his right-hand man for being involved in instances of corruption.
b. to remove
El policía fue destituido de su cargo en espera de la investigación.The police officer was removed from his post pending the investigation.
2.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(to divest)
a. to deprive
No permitiré que nadie me destituya de mi derecho a visitar a mi hija.I will not let anyone deprive me of my right to visit my daughter.
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despedir(
dehs
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peh
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deer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to see off)
a. to say goodbye
Despidió a su amiga para irse a clase.She said goodbye to her friend to head to class.
2. (to be dismissed from a job)
a. to fire
Despidieron al empleado acusado de acoso sexual.They fired the employee accused of sexual harassment.
b. to lay off
Despidieron a miles de trabajadores durante la crisis financiera.Thousands of employees were laid off during the financial crisis.
3. (to emit)
a. to give off
El hedor que despedía era como el de una tumba.The stench he gave off was like that of a tomb.
despedirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to see off)
a. to say goodbye
Se despidió de sus amigos antes de mudarse a Perú.He said goodbye to his friends before moving to Perú.
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