Translation of expectation in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˌekspekˈteɪʃən/


  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (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 uncountable or countable/no numerable o numerable (preconceived idea) (often plural/frecuentemente plural) expectativa (feminine) 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 plural)
    (of inheritance) expectativas (feminine plural) (de heredar); (of promotion) expectativas (feminine plural) (de ascenso)
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    • 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.
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    • 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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