Spanish word of the week: despertar

despertar VERB to wake up

Despertar means to wake … up, that is when you wake someone else up. In other words it’s transitive.

Despiértame a las ocho, mamá. Wake me up at eight, mom.

If you want to describe waking up of your own accord — in other words, the intransitive sense — you normally use the reflexive, despertarse:

Hoy me desperté muy temprano. Today I woke up very early.

Despertar also means to cause or arouse some kind of emotion, such as:

La propuesta despertó gran interés. The proposal aroused great interest.
Esta obra pretende despertar nuestra curiosidad. This work aims to arouse our curiosity.

Come back next week to learn a new word!

Other Articles

Spanish word of the week: antipático

This week's Spanish word of the week is 'antipático', an adjective meaning 'unfriendly' or 'unpleasant'. Read More

Spanish word of the week: aburrirse

This week's Spanish word of the week is 'aburrirse', a verb meaning 'to get bored'. Read More

Spanish word of the week: simpático

This week's Spanish word of the week is 'simpático', an adjective meaning 'nice' or 'friendly'. Read More