desvelar
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desvelar(
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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.).
1. (to prevent from sleeping)
a. to keep awake
La película de terror me desveló.The horror movie kept me awake.
2. (to discover)
a. to reveal
Afortunadamente, un testigo pudo desvelar la identidad del atacante.Thankfuly, a witness was able to reveal the attacker's identity.
b. to disclose
Los sospechosos de fraude tuvieron que desvelar sus registros bancarios a las autoridades.The fraud suspects had to disclose their bank records to the authorities.
c. to uncover
Los detectives lograron desvelar el misterio.The detectives were able to uncover the mystery.
desvelarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to be kept awake)
a. to be unable to get to sleep
Anoche me desvelé porque hacía muchísimo calor.Last night I was unable to get to sleep because it was really hot.
b. to stay awake
Mis amigas y yo nos desvelamos en la pijamada.My friends and I stayed awake at the sleepover.
4. (to work hard)
a. to do one's utmost
Los voluntarios se desvelan para que las víctimas de la inundación reciban la ayuda.Volunteers are doing their utmost to make sure the flood victims receive aid.
b. to do one's best
Hay que desvelarse hasta alcanzar los sueños.We have to do our best until we achieve our dreams.
c. to make every effort
Mis padres se desvelaron para que yo pudiera ir a la universidad.My parents made every effort so that I could go to college.
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desvelar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (quitar el sueño)
a. to keep awake
2. (noticia, secreto)
a. to reveal, to tell
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
desvelarse por hacer algoto make every effort to do something
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desvelar
transitive verb
1 (quitar el sueño) to keep awake
el café me desvela coffee keeps me awake o stops me from getting to sleep
2 (descubrir) [+algo oculto] to reveal; unveil; [+misterio] to solve; explain
pronominal verb
desvelarse
1 (no poder dormir) to be unable to get to sleep
2 (vigilar) to be watchful; keep one's eyes open
desvelarse por algo to take great care over sth; se desvela porque no nos falte de nada she works hard so that we should not go short of anything; desvelarse por hacer algo to do everything possible to do sth
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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