despabilar

despabilar(
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pah
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bee
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lahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to awaken)
a. to wake up
La ducha fría me despabiló.The cold shower woke me up.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to smarten up)
a. to buck up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Mis amigos me despabilaron y me hicieron comprender que Manuel me estaba estafando.My friends bucked me up and made me understand that Manuel was ripping me off.
b. to wake up
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
No sabía nada sobre marxismo cultural. Este libro me despabiló.I didn't know anything about cultural Marxism. This book woke me up.
3. (to remove the ember)
a. to snuff
Sin querer apagué la vela cuando la quería despabilar.I accidentally put out the candle when I was trying to snuff it.
b. to snuff out
Despabilé la vela para que brillara más.I snuffed out the candle so it would burn brighter.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to hurry up)
a. to get a move on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Si no despabilamos, vamos a llegar tarde.If we don't get a move on, we'll be late.
despabilarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to awaken)
a. to wake up
Lainey se despabiló y comenzó a preparar el desayuno.Lainey woke up and began making breakfast.
6. (to hurry up)
a. to get a move on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Por qué eres tan lento? ¡Despabílate!Why are you so slow? Get a move on!
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despabilar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (despertar)
a. to wake up
2. (hacer más avispado)
a. to make streetwise
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (despertarse)
a. to wake up
4. (darse prisa)
a. to hurry up
despabilar
transitive verb
1 (despertar) to wake up
despabila a los niños, que es tarde wake the children up o wake up the children, it's late; el café me ha despabilado the coffee's woken me up
2 (avivar el ingenio de) to buck up
a ver si la despabilas un poco maybe you can buck her up a bit (familiar); maybe you can buck her ideas up a bit (familiar)
ya lo despabilarán en la mili
3 [+vela] to snuff (out)
intransitive verb
1 (despertar) to wake up
despabila, que son las ocho wake up, it's eight o'clock
2 (estar alerta) to wake up; buck up (familiar)
despabila o te engañarán siempre wake up o buck up (familiar), or you'll always end up being taken for a ride; —ésta es mi última oportunidad —¡pues despabila! "this is my last chance" — "better buck up then! (familiar) o better get your act together then!" (familiar)
¡despabila, que ya te lo he dicho tres veces! —no entiendo lo que dice —¡pues despabila!
3 (apresurarse) to hurry up; get a move on (familiar)
despabila si no quieres llegar tarde better hurry up o get a move on (familiar) or you'll be late
4 (And) (pestañear) to blink
pronominal verb
despabilarse
1 (despertarse) to wake up
despabílate que son ya las diez wake up, it's ten o'clock already; yo me despabilo con un café one cup of coffee and I'm awake
2 (estar alerta) to wake up; buck up (familiar)
despabílate si no quieres que te tomen por tonto you'd better wake up o buck up (familiar) if you don't want people to take you for a fool
3 (apresurarse) to hurry up; get a move on (familiar)
—no me da tiempo a acabar — pues despabílate
4 (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (S. Cone) (marcharse) to vanish; (escaparse) to slip away; slope off (familiar)
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