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"Encuentro" is a noun which is often translated as "meeting", and "desencuentro" is a noun which is often translated as "failure to meet up". Learn more about the difference between "encuentro" and "desencuentro" below.
encuentro(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of coming together)
a. meeting
Este monumento celebra el encuentro de la cultura maya con la cultura azteca.This monument celebrates the meeting of the Mayan and Aztec cultures.
2. (assembly)
a. meeting
Hay un encuentro sobre el currículo en la escuela este viernes.There's a meeting about the curriculum at school this Friday.
b. conference
El encuentro de escritores de habla hispana fue un éxito.The conference of Spanish-speaking writers was a success.
3. (chance meeting)
a. encounter
Después de un encuentro fortuito, nos fuimos a tomar un café.After a chance encounter, we went to have coffee.
4. (open conflict)
a. confrontation
El encuentro entre los dos políticos estuvo tenso.The confrontation between the two politicians was tense.
5. (sports)
a. game
Se decidirá todo en el encuentro final.Everything will be decided in the final game.
b. match
Barcelona se impuso en un gran encuentro sobre Arsenal.Barcelona dominated Arsenal in a great match.
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desencuentro(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (failed meeting)
a. failure to meet up
La cita quedó en desencuentro porque ella tuvo una emergencia de familia.The date resulted in a failure to meet up because she had a family emergency.
2. (lack of coordination)
a. mix-up
Hubo un desencuentro a la hora de enviar a las invitaciones y muchas no han llegado.There was a mix-up when sending the invitations, and many of them weren't received.
3. (misunderstanding)
a. disagreement
El desencuentro se produjo porque Rosa criticó la elección de Luisa.The disagreement started when Rosa criticized Luisa's choice.
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