Give Up in Portuguese

Ejemplo del verbo desistir en portugués: Nós não desistimos de aprender português.

What’s up galera?! Are you ready to learn Portuguese? You are here today, were you here yesterday? I hope to see you tomorrow too, don’t give up! Today we’ll learn the conjugation of give up in Portuguese. So let’s study the verb desistir, it’s a regular verb, so  you’ll see below all the endings highlighted in bold to help you learn. So, let’s go!

Conjugation of Desistir in Portuguese

Are you a person who always finishes everything you start or you tend to give up quickly? I’ll tell you something, sometimes it’s necessary to let some things go in order to start something new, right?! But not with your Portuguese studies, ok?! This is something you should keep up because you can be fluent in Portuguese if you keep studying! And I’ll tell you more, it can be a lot of  fun if you trust Rio & Learn’s Funlearning methodology.

Have you ever heard the phrase that says that “Brazilians never give up“? Do you think it’s true? Can you give us an example? Go to our Facebook page and write to us with your answer, we’d love to read it. But now it’s time to see how we say give up in Portuguese.

For this we use the Portuguese verb desistir which is a regular verb with termination -IR. You should pay attention to the regular highlighted endings  in the conjugation chart below. Let’s conjugate desistir in Portuguese!


Present Past Simple Imperfect Past
Eu desisto Eu desisti Eu desistia
Você desiste Você desistiu Você desistia
Ele/ ela desiste Ele/ ela desistiu Ele/ ela desistia
Nós desistimos Nós desistimos Nós desistíamos
Vocês desistem Vocês desistimos Vocês desistiam
Eles/ elas desistem Eles/ elas desistiram Eles/ elas desistiam


Past pluperfect simple Past pluperfect composed
Eu desistira Eu tinha desistido
Você desistira Você tinha desistido
Ele/ ela desistira Ele/ ela tinha desistido
Nós desistíramos Nós tínhamos desistido
Vocês desistiram Vocês tinham desistido
Eles/ elas desistiram Eles/ elas tinham desistido


Simple Future Immediate Future Future of the past
Eu desistirei Eu vou desistir Eu desistiria
Você desistirá Você vai desistir Você desistiria
Ele/ ela desistirá Ele/ ela vai desistir Ele/ ela desistiria
Nós desistiremos Nós vamos desistir Nós desistíamos
Vocês desistirão Vocês vão desistir Vocês desistiriam
Eles/ elas desistirão Eles/ elas vão desistir Eles/ elas desistiriam



Affirmative Negative
Desista você Não desista você
Desista ele/ ela Não desista ele/ ela
Desistamos nós Não desistamos nós
Desistam vocês Não desistam vocês
Desistam eles/ elas Não desistam eles/ elas



Present Imperfect Past Future
Que eu desista Se eu desistisse Quando eu desistir
Que você desista Se você desistisse Quando você desistir
Que ele/ela desista Se ele/ela desistisse Quando ele/ela desistir
Que nós desistamos Se nós desistíssemos Quando nós desistirmos
Que vocês desistam Se vocês desistissem Quando vocês desistirem
Que eles/elas desistam Se eles/elas desistissem Quando eles/elas desistirem


Other tenses

Personal infinitive Gerund Participle
Para desistir eu Desistindo Desistido
Para desistir você
Para desistir ele/ela
Para desistirmos nós
Para desistirem vocês
Para desistirem eles/elas

Easy right?

Let’s see a little bit more of this verb in with some examples. Take a look:

Examples of Give Up in Portuguese

Eu sou brasileiro, não desisto nunca.
I’m Brazilian, I never give up

Minha prima desistiu da faculdade de medicina para ser arquiteta.
My cousin gave up medical school to be a architect.

Quando cheguei no Brasil eu não sabia português mas não desisti. Agora sou fluente.
When I arrived in Brazil I didn’t knew Portuguese but I didn’t give up. Now I’m fluent. 

O novo presidente desistiu do cargo.
The new president gave up his position.

Eu espero que você não desista da nossa sociedade.
I hope you don’t give up on our partnership. 


That’s how we use give up in Portuguese, galera!
What do you think about this Dica? We hope we helped you understand this verb.

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