despistar

despistar(
dehs
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pees
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tahr
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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 lead astray)
a. to mislead
El asesino dejó pistas falsas para despistar a la policía.The murderer left false clues to mislead the police.
b. to throw off the scent
El ladrón despistó a los perros que lo perseguían.The thief threw the dogs that were chasing him off the scent.
2. (to elude)
a. to give the slip
El patinador despistó al guardia de seguridad y se fue del centro comercial.The skater gave the security guard the slip and left the mall.
b. to shake off
El carterista despistó al policía y se perdió en la multitud.The pickpocket shook off the police officer and got lost in the crowd.
3. (to divert somebody's attraction)
a. to distract
El trueno me despistó y no escuché cuando entraste a la casa.The thunder distracted me and I didn't hear you coming into the house.
despistarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to get distracted)
a. to lose one's concentration
Ezequiel se despistó cuando estaba cocinando y se le quemó la salsa.Ezequiel lost his concentration while cooking and the sauce burned.
b. to get sidetracked
Me despisté y no escuché lo que dijo la maestra.I got sidetracked and didn't hear what the teacher said.
5. (to go astray)
a. to get lost
Me despisté porque no tenía un mapa ni una brújula.I got lost because I didn't have a map nor a compass.
b. to lose one's way
Si te despistas en el bosque, sigue el río hasta llegar al pueblo.If you lose your way in the forest, follow the river until you reach the town.
6. (to get muddled)
a. to get confused
Intenté seguir el manual de instrucciones pero me despisté aún más.I tried to read the instructions but I got even more confused.
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despistar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (dar esquinazo)
a. to throw off the scent
despistaron a sus perseguidoresthey shook off their pursuers
2. (confundir)
a. to mislead
3. (distraer)
a. to distract
el ruido me despistathe noise is distracting me
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (perderse)
a. to lose one's way, to get lost
5. (distraerse)
a. to get confused
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despistar
transitive verb
1 [+perro] to throw off the scent
lograron despistar a sus perseguidores they managed to give the slip to o shake off their pursuers
2 (confundir) to mislead; fox
esa pregunta está hecha para despistar that question is designed to mislead you
3 (robar) to nick (muy_familiar); (timar) rip off (muy_familiar)
4 (Med) to detect early; diagnose at an early stage
pronominal verb
despistarse
1 (extraviarse) to take the wrong route o road
2 (confundirse) to get confused
3 (distraerse) to get absent-minded
al hacer algo
no puedes despistarte ni un momento you can't let your attention wander for a moment
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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