Despertarse Verb Conjugation in Spanish

The verb despertarse is reflexive and means “to wake oneself up” in English. It is a common and frequently used verb in both its reflexive and non-reflexive forms. Despertarse is an irregular verb.

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Conjugations

The verb despertarse is irregular in the present tense. It’s stem changes from e → ie in all conjugations except for the nosotros and vosotros forms. Apart from these modifications in the present tense, despertarse is conjugated regularly in all other indicative forms.

Present

Yo

me despierto

Nosotros/as

nos despertamos

Tu

te despiertas

Vosotros/as

os despertáis

El/Ella/Ud.

se despierta

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

se despiertan

Example Sentence:

  • Normalmente, me despierto a las 6:00 am. → I normally wake up at 6:00 am.

Imperfect

Yo

me despertaba

Nosotros/as

nos despertábamos

Tu

te despertabas

Vosotros/as

os despertabais

El/Ella/Ud.

se despertaba

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

se despertaban

Example Sentence:

  • Siempre te despertabas muy temprano. → You always used to wake up really early.

Preterite

Yo

me desperté

Nosotros/as

nos despertamos

Tu

te despertaste

Vosotros/as

os despertabais

El/Ella/Ud.

se despertó

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

se despertaron

Example Sentence:


  • El bebé se despertó cinco veces durante la noche. → The baby woke up five times last night.

Future

Yo

me despertaré

Nosotros/as

nos despertaremos

Tu

te despertarás

Vosotros/as

os despertaréis

El/Ella/Ud.

se despertará

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

se despertarán

Example Sentence:

  • Durante las vacaciones, nos despertaremos cuando queramos. → During vacation, we will wake up when we feel like it.

Conditional

Yo

me despertaría

Nosotros/as

nos despertaríamos

Tu

te despertarías

Vosotros/as

os despertaríais

El/Ella/Ud.

se despertaría

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

se despertarían

Example Sentence:

  • Si pudiera, me despertaría a las 9:00 am cada día. → If I could, I would wake up at 9:00 am every day.

Non-Reflexive Form

When it is not used reflexively despertar a alguien means to “wake someone up” and follows all the same conjugation rules as the reflexive form. For example:

  • Cada mañana despierto a los niños las 7:00 am. → Every morning I wake up the children at 7:00 am.

The non-reflexive form can also mean that something woke you up, like a loud noise. For example:

  • Esta mañana, me despertaron los perros de mi vecino. → My neighbor’s dogs woke me up this morning.
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Idioms With Despertarse

A common idiom used with the verb despertarse is acabar de despertarse which mean “to just have woken up.” Here is an example:

  • Dame unos minutos para tomar mi café, me acabo de despertar y sigo con sueño. → Give me a couple minutes to drink my coffee, I just woke up and I’m still tired.

Since waking up is something we do every day, make sure to add despertarse to your list of basic verbs to learn. You will definitely impress your friends with you ability to effortlessly conjugate this popular verb.