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Traditionally considered to be from Vulgar Latin de-excitāre, from Latin de- + excitāre ‎(wake up), but is more likely from dispectāre, present active infinitive of dispectō (frequentative of dispiciō ‎(look, discern, perceive, discover) through its past participle dispectus); it is also possibly, but less likley, originally from dēspectāre, present active infinitive of dēspectō (itself a frequentative of dēspiciō through its past participle dēspectus, but this word seems to have taken on the meaning of "look down upon, disdain" in the Western Romance language derivatives, which doesn't match with the Romanian meaning; it may be that the other languages derived their meanings directly from dēspiciō through its past participle instead of going through dēspectō). In Romanian, the hypothetical original form, *dișpepta, probably reached its current form under the analogous influence of aștepta. Compare Aromanian dishteptu, dishtiptari. [1]



a deștepta ‎(third-person singular present deșteaptă, past participle deșteptat1st conj.

  1. (transitive) to awaken, to wake up, to arouse
  2. (reflexive, with accusative) to become wise, to wake up



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  1. ^ Romanian Explanatory Dictionary