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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspekt/

Translation of expect in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (anticipate) esperar I expected as much ya me lo esperaba I hadn't been there before and I didn't know quite what to expect nunca había estado allí y no sabía bien con qué me iba a encontrar as one might expect, as might be expected como era de esperar is he coming tonight? — I expect so ¿va a venir esta noche? — supongo que sí it's not quite what I expected no es exactamente lo que yo esperaba we're not expecting any trouble no creemos que vaya a haber problemas I'll do my best, but don't expect miracles haré lo que pueda, pero no esperes milagrosto expect to + infinitive/infinitivo she expects to win the match espera ganar el partido you can expect to pay £20 a head calcule que le va a costar unas 20 libras por personato expect sb/sth to + infinitive/infinitivo don't expect me to change my mind no esperes que cambie de idea I expected her to complain pensé or creí que iba a protestar now at least we know what to expect ahora por lo menos sabemos a qué atenernos
    Example sentences
    • Everybody expects me to continue on, business as usual.
    • It was pretty funny, but we didn't expect her to continue for too long, so we kept on going, walking along the road.
    • Mom doesn't say anything, she just waits like she expects me to continue, so I do.
    Example sentences
    • David Cuddy did announce his intention to cease inter county hurling this year but he is expected back very soon.
    • That monastery he talks about shouldn't expect him any time soon.
    • We expect him home soon and we feel sure he will make a good recovery.
  • 2 (imagine) suponer*, imaginarse I expect (that) you're tired supongo or me imagino que estarás cansado
    Example sentences
    • I am fed up with your council rubbish and propaganda and I expect a lot of other people are as well.
    • Whether it is a leadership academy or whatever, is a matter for others to decide, I expect.
    • There will be good and bad days, but I expect the rehab will be just as tough.
  • 3 (await) esperar I'll expect you at eight te espero a las ocho expect me when you see me no me esperes: si vengo, vengo I've been expecting you te estaba esperando to be expecting a baby/twins esperar un bebé/mellizos
    Example sentences
    • Meanwhile, the chances of a white Christmas in York looked less likely as showers were expected to stay on the west side of the country.
    • His optimism is based on record profits at banks and oil firms but he also expects the recovery in the stock markets to increase receipts, despite concerns over the US economy.
    • The firm expects interest rates to remain unchanged at least in the first half.
  • 4 (require)to expect sb to + infinitive/infinitivo I'm expected to do it without help (se supone que) lo tengo que hacer solo I expect you to be there espero que or cuento con que estés allí he expected me to pay esperaba or pretendía que yo pagara you can hardly be expected to apologize no tienes por qué disculparte what do you expect me to do about it? ¿qué quieres que haga yo?to expect sth (from sb) do they expect payment/a tip (from us)? ¿tenemos que pagarles/dejarles propina? that's the least you'd expect es lo menos que se puede esperar to expect sth of sb esperar algo de algn don't expect too much of her: she's only a child no esperes mucho de ella, es solo una niña
    Example sentences
    • Most of us switch the system on and off as we require; we expect lots of heat and hot water 365 days a year.
    • Society requires and expects protection from drunken drivers, speeding drivers and dangerous drivers.
    • When is it appropriate to begin expecting mature judgments from children?
    Example sentences
    • Employers don't expect you to know everything, but they do assume you are willing to learn.
    • The bottom line is that employers expect you to have some sense of what you want to do in terms of career goals.
    • If you do not have the right to vote, why then, should you be expected to pay taxes.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [colloquial/familiar] she's expecting está esperando (familia), está en estado

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