Translation of expectation in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˌekspekˈteɪʃən/


  • 1 1.1 u (anticipation) in expectation of victory previendo la victoria in the expectation of reforming him con la esperanza de reformarlo to have every/little expectation of sth tener* muchas/pocas esperanzas de algo there was an atmosphere of great expectation había un ambiente de gran expectación 1.2 u c (preconceived idea) (often pl) expectativa (f) the plan succeeded beyond all expectation(s) el éxito del plan superó con creces todas las expectativas contrary to all expectations contrariamente a lo que se esperaba , contra todo pronóstico the performance came up to/fell short of our expectation(s) la actuación estuvo/no estuvo a la altura de lo que esperábamos the general expectation is that he'll resign se cree que va a dimitir she didn't live up to her father's expectations defraudó las esperanzas or expectativas de su padre her bourgeois expectations sus aspiraciones burguesas
  • 2
    (expectations pl)
    (of inheritance) expectativas (fpl) (de heredar); (of promotion) expectativas (fpl) (de ascenso)

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The name of the autonomous governments of Catalonia and Valencia is generalitat. A great deal of power has now been transferred to them from central government. The medieval term generalitat was revived in 1932, when Catalonia voted for its own devolved government. After the Civil War, it was abolished by Franco but was restored in 1978, with the establishment of comunidades autónomascomunidad autónoma. The Valencian Generalitat is keen to preserve the traditions of the region from Catalan influence.