masculine noun
1. (documentation) 
a. record 
El jefe del personal quiere revisar mi expediente académico antes de contratarme.The personnel manager wants to review my academic record before hiring me.
b. file 
Por haber perdido el expediente del paciente, los doctores no pudieron realizar la cirugía.Because they lost the patient's file, the doctors were unable to perform the surgery.
2. (legal) 
Al jefe acusado de acoso le incoaron expediente.Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the manager accused of harassment.
b. inquiry 
Se abrirá un expediente en cuanto a esas acusaciones.An inquiry will be opened in relation to these allegations.
3. (method) 
a. measures 
Ellos recurrirán a expedientes drásticos para ganar.They will resort to drastic measures to win.
b. means 
No me importa cómo, pero lo haremos por cualquier expediente que sea necesario.I don't care how, but we'll do it by any means necessary.
4. (old-fashioned) (opportune) 
a. expedient 
Yo estaba extremadamente agradecido que ella llegara en un momento tan expediente.I was extremely grateful that she arrived at such an expedient moment.
masculine noun
1. documents (documentación); file (ficha)
  • expediente de regulación de empleo (economics) redundancy plan, workforce adjustment plan (peninsular Spanish)
2. record (historial)
  • cubrir el expediente (informal figurative) to do the bare minimum
  • hacer algo por cubrir el expediente to do something for the sake of appearances
  • expediente académico academic record, transcript (United States)
3. inquiry (investigación)
  • abrir expediente a alguien to take disciplinary action against somebody; (castigar) to start proceedings against somebody (llevar a juicio)
EXPEDIENTE DE REGULACIÓN DE EMPLEO When a Spanish company wants to make permanent employees redundant, it is first legally required to draw up an expediente de regulación de empleo (or “ERE”) to present to the authorities. In effect, this requires official permission for redundancies which have not been agreed with workers' representatives. Between 1997 and 2002 more than 600,000 jobs were eliminated by this means.
1 (documento) (como historial) record; (como dossier) dossier; (en forma de ficha) file
alumnos con buen/mal expediente pupils with a good/poor track record
alumnos, con buen expediente, que están finalizando la carrera desean hacer la tesis
cubrir el expediente to do the minimum required
lo haré por cubrir el expediente I'll do it to keep up appearances
expediente académico (Escol) student's record; transcript; (EEUU)
expediente policial police dossier
2 (Jur) (acción) action; proceedings
; (p)
(papeles) records of a case
; (p)
abrir o incoar expediente to start proceedings
expediente de regulación de empleo labour o labor force adjustment plan; (EEUU)
expediente disciplinario disciplinary proceedings
; (p)
expediente judicial legal proceedings
; (p)
3 (medio) expedient; means
recurrir al expediente de hacer algo to resort to the device of doing sth
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