desengañarse(
dehs
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ehn
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gah
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nyahr
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seh
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to become disappointed)
a. to become disillusioned
Lucas se desengañó y dejó de ir al entrenamiento de fútbol.Lucas became disillusioned and stopped going to soccer practice.
b. to stop kidding oneself
¡Desengáñate! Jamás lograrás convertirte en millonario.Stop kidding yourself! You'll never become a millionaire.
2. (to see the truth)
a. to see the light
Los votantes se desengañaron y no volvieron a votar al político corrupto.The voters saw the light and didn't vote for the corrupt politician again.
b. to see things as they really are
En mi familia hay muchas peleas. Me desengañé recién cuando me convertí en adulto.My family fights a lot. I've only recently seen things as they really are since I've grown up.
c. to wise up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Desengáñate! Marcelo es un vividor que solo está contigo por tu dinero.Wise up! Marcelo is a freeloader who's only with you for your money.
desengañar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (to let down)
a. to disillusion
Mis padres me desengañaron al decirme que jamás me convertiría en un mago famoso.My parents disillusioned me when they told me I would never become a famous magician.
b. to disappoint
El paisaje me desengañó. Se veía mejor en las fotografías.I was disappointed by the landscape. It looked better in the pictures.
4. (to reveal the truth to)
a. to open the eyes of
Mis padres me desengañaron y me confesaron que soy adoptado.My parents opened my eyes and confessed to me that I'm adopted.
b. to set straight
Tenemos que desengañar a Samuel. El pobre sigue creyendo que va a compartir un apartamento con nosotros.We need to set Samuel straight. The poor guy still thinks he's going to share an apartment with us.
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desengañar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (a una persona equivocada)
a.
desengañar a alguiento reveal the truth to somebody
2. (a una persona esperanzada)
a. to disillusion
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a. to become disillusioned
desengáñatestop kidding yourself
desengañar
transitive verb
1 (desilusionar) to disillusion
es mejor no desengañarla it is best not to take away her hopes o not to disillusion her
2 (decepcionar) to disappoint
3 (abrir los ojos a) to open the eyes of
pronominal verb
desengañarse
1 (desilusionarse) to become disillusioned;de about
2 (decepcionarse) to be disappointed
3 (abrir los ojos) to see the light; see things as they really are
¡desengáñate! wise up! (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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