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esperar vtr (aguardar)wait for vtr
 wait vi
 Los niños están esperando el autobús.
esperar vtr (confiar)hope vtr
 Los desempleados esperan encontrar trabajo muy pronto.
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Compound Forms:
esperar | ESPERAR | esperar (que) |
era de esperar it was to be expected
esperar a alguien wait for someone
esperar a que amanezca wait until sunrise, wait until dawn
esperar con ansias anxiously await
esperar con ilusión wait hopefully
esperar con impaciencia wait impatiently
esperar contar con hope to have
 expect to count on someone
esperar despierto wait up
esperar en Dios pray to God, hope to God
 trust, hope
esperar instrucciones await instructions
esperar lo peor expect the worst
esperar sentado expr (aguardar algo que no sucederá)don't hold your breath expr
 it'll never happen expr
 US, very informalit ain't gonna happen expr
 —Me dijo que iba a venir a arreglar la fuga hoy por la tarde. —Pues espere sentada porque Jaime le dice lo mismo a todo el mundo y nunca llega.
 - He told me that he would come to fix the leak this afternoon. - Well, don't hold your breath, because Jim says the same thing to everyone and he never comes.
hacer esperar make someone wait
ser de esperar to be hoped
siento hacerte esperar I'm sorry I made you wait
tendrá que esperar it will have to wait
tocar esperar have to wait
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