desalentar
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desalentar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to demotivate)
a. to discourage
El alto costo de vida desalienta a los inmigrantes.The high cost of living discourages immigrants.
b. to dishearten
Los maestros jamás deben desalentar a los alumnos.Teachers should never dishearten their students.
desalentarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to become demoralized)
a. to get discouraged
¡No te desalientes! Todavía puedes recuperarte y ganar el torneo.¡Don't get discouraged! You can still recover and win the tournament.
b. to lose heart
Intenté aprender a tocar la guitarra, pero me desalenté y al mes dejé de practicar.I tried to learn to play the guitar, but I lost heart and stopped practicing after a month.
c. to be disheartened
Tienes que luchar por tu sueño de ser actor y no dejar que te desaliente la cantidad de pruebas que tienes que hacer.You should pursue your dream to become an actor and not be disheartened by the amount of auditions you have to go to.
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desalentar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to dishearten, to discourage
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (general)
a. to be discouraged, to lose heart
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desalentar
transitive verb
1 (desanimar) to discourage
2 (agotar) to make breathless
pronominal verb
desalentarse to get discouraged; lose heart
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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