Quick answer
"Wait" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "esperar", and "expect" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "esperar". Learn more about the difference between "wait" and "expect" below.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to hold on)
a. esperar
I'm waiting for him to get out of his meeting so we can eat.Estoy esperando que salga de su reunión para que podamos comer.
2. (to postpone)
a. esperar
That can wait. This is more important.Eso puede esperar. Esto es más importante.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (delay)
a. la espera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Bowling is fun but the wait to get a lane is unbearable.Los bolos son divertidos, pero la espera para conseguir una pista es insoportable.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to anticipate)
a. esperar
I don't expect any mercy if captured.No espero compasión si me capturan.
b. figurarse
I expected as much. That's why I didn't want to come.Ya me lo figuraba. Por eso no quería venir.
c. suponer
Things are worse than I expected.Las cosas están peor de lo que suponía.
d. pensar
I expected she would cry.Pensé que iba a llorar.
e. prever
It is expected that prices will rise.Se prevé una subida de los precios.
2. (to hope for)
a. esperar
We expect not to encounter this kind of problem again.Esperamos no volver a topar con el mismo problema.
b. confiar en
She expects to pass the exam.Confía en aprobar el examen.
3. (to await)
a. esperar
Are you expecting someone tonight?¿Esperas a alguien esta noche?
4. (to speculate)
a. imaginarse
I expect they're there by now.Me imagino que ahora ya habrán llegado.
b. suponer
I expect you don't want to hear from me.Supongo que no quieres saber nada de mí.
5. (to require)
a. esperar
They are expected to collaborate more than ever before.Se espera que colaboren más que nunca.
b. pretender
You can't expect me to do everything.No puedes pretender que yo lo haga todo.
c. querer
And what do you expect me to do if there are no jobs?¿Y qué quieres que haga si no hay trabajo?
d. contar con
We expect you to bring your car.Contamos con que traigas tu coche.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to be pregnant)
a. estar embarazada
I discovered I was expecting on my honeymoon.Me enteré de que estaba embarazada en mi luna de miel.
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