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Conjugation of "Desafiar" In Spanish

Desafiar is a versatile Spanish verb that can be used in various contexts to convey the meaning of "to challenge" or "to defy." Whether you are learning Spanish as a beginner or looking to expand your conjugation skills, understanding how to properly conjugate "desafiar" is essential. In this article, we will provide you with a verb chart that covers all the main tenses and moods of "desafiar" to help you navigate its conjugation.

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Forms of "Desafiar" in Spanish

In Spanish, verbs play a fundamental role in expressing actions, states, and conditions. Verbs are highly versatile and can take on different forms based on the subject, mood, and tense. The moods of conjugation in Spanish include the indicative, subjunctive, and imperative. When it comes to tenses in Spanish, they indicate the time and duration of an action. The tenses include the present, preterite, imperfect, future, imperative, and conditional. Let us now explain how to conjugate "desafiar" in different tenses and moods.  

Indicative Mood: Simple Tenses


  • Yo desafío
  • Tú desafías
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafía
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiamos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiáis
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafían

Imperfect Past

  • Yo desafiaba
  • Tú desafiabas
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafiaba
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiábamos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiabais
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafiaban

Simple Past

  • Yo desafié
  • Tú desafiaste
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafió
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiamos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiasteis
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafiaron


  • Yo desafiaré
  • Tú desafiarás
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafiará
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiaremos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiaréis
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafiarán

Indicative Mood: Perfect Tenses

Present Perfect

  • Yo he desafiado
  • Tú has desafiado
  • Él/Ella/Usted ha desafiado
  • Nosotros/Nosotras hemos desafiado
  • Vosotros/Vosotras habéis desafiado
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes han desafiado

Past Perfect

  • Yo había desafiado
  • Tú habías desafiado
  • Él/Ella/Usted había desafiado
  • Nosotros/Nosotras habíamos desafiado
  • Vosotros/Vosotras habíais desafiado
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes habían desafiado

Future Perfect

  • Yo habré desafiado
  • Tú habrás desafiado
  • Él/Ella/Usted habrá desafiado
  • Nosotros/Nosotras habremos desafiado
  • Vosotros/Vosotras habréis desafiado
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes habrán desafiado

Indicative Mood: Progressive Tenses

Present Progressive

  • Yo estoy desafiando
  • Tú estás desafiando
  • Él/Ella/Usted está desafiando
  • Nosotros/Nosotras estamos desafiando
  • Vosotros/Vosotras estáis desafiando
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes están desafiando

Past Progressive

  • Yo estaba desafiando
  • Tú estabas desafiando
  • Él/Ella/Usted estaba desafiando
  • Nosotros/Nosotras estábamos desafiando
  • Vosotros/Vosotras estabais desafiando
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes estaban desafiando

—The substantive, adjective, verb, and adverb forms related with “desafiar” (corresponding variations are based on similar, synonym words, such as challenge or defy) are analyzed in other blog posts.

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Subjunctive Mood: Simple Tenses

Present Subjunctive

  • Yo desafíe
  • Tú desafíes
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafíe
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiemos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiéis
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafíen

Imperfect Subjunctive

  • Yo desafiara/desafiase
  • Tú desafiaras/desafiases
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafiara/desafiase
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiáramos/desafiásemos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiarais/desafiaseis
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafiaran/desafiaron

Subjunctive Mood: Perfect Tenses

Present Perfect Subjunctive

  • Yo haya desafiado
  • Tú hayas desafiado
  • Él/Ella/Usted haya desafiado
  • Nosotros/Nosotras hayamos desafiado
  • Nosotros/Vosotras hayáis desafiado
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes hayan desafiado

Past Perfect Subjunctive

  • Yo hubiera/hubiese desafiado
  • Tú hubieras/hubieses desafiado
  • Él/Ella/Usted hubiera/hubiese desafiado
  • Nosotros/Nosotras hubiéramos/hubiésemos desafiado
  • Vosotros/Vosotras hubierais/hubieseis desafiado
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes hubieran/hubiesen desafiado

Imperative Mood

Imperative Affirmative

  • Tú desafía
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafíe
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiemos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiad
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafíen

Imperative Negative

  • Tú no desafíes
  • Él/Ella/Usted no desafíe
  • Nosotros/Nosotras no desafiemos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras no desafiéis
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes no desafíen
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Conditional Mood


  • Yo desafiaría
  • Tú desafiarías
  • Él/Ella/Usted desafiaría
  • Nosotros/Nosotras desafiaríamos
  • Vosotros/Vosotras desafiaríais
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes desafiarían

Conditional Compound

  • Yo habría desafiado
  • Tú habrías desafiado
  • Él/Ella/Usted habría desafiado
  • Nosotros/Nosotras habríamos desafiado
  • Vosotros/Vosotras habríais desafiado
  • Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes habrían desafiado

Unconjugated Forms


  • Desafiar


  • Desafiando


  • Desafiado


Mastering the conjugation of the Spanish verb "desafiar" is crucial for effective communication in various situations. By referring to the verb chart provided in this article, you now have a comprehensive guide to help you conjugate "desafiar" accurately in different tenses and moods. Remember to practice these conjugations regularly to reinforce your understanding and fluency in Spanish. Additionally, we have also included the verb "desafiar" in its infinitive, gerund, and participle forms for your reference. Keep up the practice, and soon you will be confidently using these verbs in your conversations and writing. ¡Buena suerte!

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