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American English: /ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
British English: /ɛkspɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

Translation of expectation in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (anticipation) See examples: in expectation of victory
    previendo la victoria
    in the expectation of reforming him
    con la esperanza de reformarlo
    to have every/little expectation of something
    tener muchas/pocas esperanzas de algo
    there was an atmosphere of great expectation
    había un ambiente de gran expectación
    1.2 uncountable and countable (preconceived idea) (often plural) the plan succeeded beyond all expectation(s)
    el éxito del plan superó con creces todas las expectativas
    contrary to all expectations 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
    also: expectations plural
    (of inheritance)
    expectativas (feminine plural)
    (de heredar)
    (of promotion)
    expectativas (feminine plural)
    (de ascenso)
    Example sentences
    • They may simply sit tight in the expectation that the club's growth will continue and the value of their stake will rise further.
    • With this belief comes the expectation that a booming economy will beget social progress.
    • Simply to build as many houses as possible in the expectation that prices will fall significantly in the near future will not solve the problem.
    Example sentences
    • Then you must know that I have a devilish rich uncle in the East Indies, Sir Oliver Surface, from whom I have the greatest expectations.
    • O yes: I have what are called expectations!
    • Adopting the language of restitution leads to the return of unjust enrichment, while estoppel enables the son to receive his expectations.

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