ilusionar
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to fill with excitement)
a. to excite
Me ilusiona la idea de trabajar con un grupo de gente tan creativa.I'm excited at the idea of working with a group of really creative people.
b. to thrill
Estar con él ya no me ilusiona tanto como al principio de la relación.Being with him doesn't thrill me as much as it used to at the beginning of the relationship.
2. (to inspire false hope in)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El candidato ilusionó a los votantes con sus promesas de mejoras económicas.The candidate built up voters' expectations with promises of economic improvement.
El profesor ilusionó a los alumnos al decirles que el examen no era difícil.The teacher got the students' hopes up when he said the exam wouldn't be difficult.
ilusionarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to build up one's expectations)
a. to get one's hopes up
Cuando suena el teléfono me ilusiono pensando en que sea Juan.When the phone rings I get my hopes up thinking it could be Juan.
4. (to be thrilled)
a. to get excited
Miguel se ilusionó porque su abuelo lo iba a visitar ese fin de semana.Miguel was excited about his grandfather coming to visit that weekend.
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ilusionar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (esperanzar)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
ilusionar a alguien (con algo)to build up somebody's hopes (about something)
2. (emocionar)
a. to excite, to thrill
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (esperanzarse)
a. to get one's hopes up
4. (emocionarse)
a. to get excited
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ilusionar
transitive verb
1 (entusiasmar) to excite; thrill
me ilusiona mucho el viaje I'm really excited about the journey
2 (alentar falsamente)
ilusionar a algn to get sb's hopes up
pronominal verb
ilusionarse
1 (entusiasmarse) to get excited
2 (falsamente) to get one's hopes up
no te ilusiones don't get your hopes up
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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