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esperar

Translation of esperar in English:

verbo transitivo

verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (aguardar) lo siento, no podemos esperar más mientras esperaba corregí los exámenes
    I corrected the tests while I was waiting
    espera, que bajo contigo
    wait a minute o [familiar] hold on, I'll come down with you
    espere un momento, por favor
    wait a moment, please
    espera un momento ¿tú qué haces aquí? vamos, que el tren no espera esperar a + infinitivoespera a estar seguro antes de hablar con ella
    wait until you're sure before you talk to her
    mejor espero a tener un poco más de dinero ahorrado
    I'd better wait until I've saved a bit more money
    esperar (a) que + subjuntivoel profesor esperó (a) que hubiera silencio
    the teacher waited for them to be quiet
    tiene que esperar (a) que lo llamen
    you have to wait for them to call you o until they call you
    esperaron (a) que él se fuera para entrar
    they waited for him to go before they went in
    esperar sentado [familiar], si piensa que lo voy a llamar puede esperar sentado
    if he thinks I'm going to call him he's got another think coming
    [familiar]
    ¿que él cambie de idea? mejor espera sentada
    him change his mind? some hope! o don't hold your breath! o we could be waiting till the cows come home!
    [familiar]
    quien espera desespera
    waiting's the worst part
    the waiting gets you down
    1.2 (embarazada) no sabía que estaba esperando
    I didn't know she was expecting
    ¿para cuándo espera?
    when's the baby due?
    quedar esperando (Chile)
    to get pregnant

also: esperarse verbo pronominal

Example sentences
  • También espera modernizar el edificio de la actual concentración y el gimnasio.
  • De aquello, se espera tener el resultado final.
  • Esta semana te hiciste esperar, que pena por tu amigo.

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