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From older dexar, from Old Spanish lexar (modern alejar) from Latin laxāre, present active infinitive of laxō, whence also Spanish laxar. Influenced by Spanish dar. Also compare Portuguese deixar, Catalan deixar, and French laisser.


  • IPA(key): /deˈxaɾ/, [d̪eˈxaɾ]


dejar (first-person singular present dejo, first-person singular preterite dejé, past participle dejado)

  1. (transitive) to leave (to place)
    Dejé la cerveza arriba.
    I left the beer upstairs.
  2. (transitive) to leave (to cause, result in)
    Su respuesta nos dejó convencidos.
    His answer left us convinced.
  3. (transitive) to let, allow
    Synonyms: permitir
    Antonyms: prohibir
    Deja que se explique.
    Let her explain herself.
  4. (transitive) to let go, put down (to release from one's grasp)
    Synonyms: soltar
  5. (transitive) to leave, abandon
    Synonyms: abandonar
    Su madre la dejó cuando tenía tres años.
    Her mother left her when she was three.
    Van a dejar la bebida.
    They're going to give up drinking.
  6. (intransitive, dejar de) to cease, stop (doing something)
    Synonyms: parar
    Hace dos años dejaron de fumar.
    Two years ago they stopped smoking.
  7. (reflexive) to let oneself go (cease to care about one's appearance)


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