There are 2 translations of deber in English:

deber1

vt

v aux

  • 1 (expresando obligación)deber + inf debes decírselo you have to o you must tell her deberías or debías habérselo dicho you ought to have o you should have told her deberás decírselo you will have to tell her debería or debiera darte vergüenza you ought to be o you should be ashamed of yourself la trató cortés y respetuosamente, como debe ser he treated her with courtesy and respect, as he should no debes usarlo sin antes pedir permiso you are not to o you must not use it without asking first no se debe mentir you mustn't tell lies no deberías or debías haberlo dejado solo or no debiste dejarlo solo you shouldn't have left him alone
  • 2 (expresando suposición, probabilidad) 2.1deber (de) + inf ya deben (de) ser más de las cinco it must be after five o'clock ¡debes (de) estar muriéndote de hambre! you must be starving! deben (de) haber salido they must have gone out nos hemos debido (de) cruzar we must have passed each other debe (de) estar ganando mucho más que eso she must be earning a lot more than that le debe (de) doler mucho it must be very painful esos debieron (de) ser or deben (de) haber sido momentos muy duros that must have been a very difficult time has debido (de) perderlo or debes (de) haberlo perdido you must have lost it 2.2 (en frases negativas) no deben (de) saber del accidente, si no habrían vuelto they can't know about the accident or they would have come back ¿por qué no ha llamado? — no debe (de) haber podido why hasn't he phoned? — he obviously hasn't been able to la conferencia fue en francés, no deben (de) haber entendido nada the lecture was in French, I bet they didn't understand a word o they can't have understood a word no les debe haber interesado or no les debió interesar they can't have been interested o presumably, they weren't interested

deberse v pron

  • 1 (tener su causa en)deberse a algo el retraso se debe al mal tiempo the delay is due to the bad weather el accidente se debió a un fallo humano the accident was caused by o was due to human error ¿a qué se debe este escándalo? what's all this racket about? ¿a qué se debe tan agradable sorpresa? to what do I owe such a pleasant surprise?
  • 2 [persona] (tener obligaciones hacia)deberse a algn to have a duty to sb el artista se debe a su público an artist has a duty to his or her public me debo antes que nada a mis pacientes my first responsibility o duty is to my patients me debo a mis electores I have a duty to the people who voted for me

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There are 2 translations of deber in English:

deber2

m

  • 1 (obligación) duty cumplió con su deber he carried out o did his duty faltó a su deber he failed in his duty, he failed to do his duty el deber del soldado para con su patria a soldier's duty to his country votar es un derecho y un deber del cuidadano voting is the right and duty of every citizen tengo el triste deber de comunicarles el fallecimiento de … [formal] it is my sad duty to inform you of the death of … es un deber de conciencia ayudarlos I feel morally bound to help them

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Word of the day rigor
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rigor (US), rigour (GB) …
Cultural fact of the day

Santería is a religious cult, fusing African beliefs and Catholicism, which developed among African Yoruba slaves in Cuba. Followers believe both in a single supreme being and also in orishas, deities who each share an identity with a Christian saint and who combine a force of nature with human characteristics. Rituals involve music, dancing, sacrificial offerings, divination, and going into trances.