Quick answer
"Awaiting" is a form of "await", a transitive verb which is often translated as "esperar". "Waiting" is a noun which is often translated as "la espera". Learn more about the difference between "waiting" and "awaiting" below.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (in the act of waiting)
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).
Waiting is the hardest part.La espera es la parte más difícil.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to wait for)
a. esperar
The sailors stayed in the port, awaiting fairer weather to set sail.Los marineros permanecieron en el puerto, esperando tiempo más favorable para zarpar.
b. aguardar
They were all still awaiting the results of the competition.Todos estaban aún aguardando los resultados del concurso.
2. (to be in store for)
a. esperar
You have no idea the chaos that awaits you when you get home.No tienes ni idea del caos que te espera cuando llegues a casa.
b. aguardar
Only pain and suffering await her down that road.Por ese camino solo le aguardan dolor y sufrimiento.
3. (legal)
a. estar en espera de
These poor people have been in prison for two years and are still awaiting trial.Hace dos años que esta pobre gente está en la cárcel y todavía en espera de juicio.
b. estar a la espera de
The drug lord is being held in custody awaiting extradition.El capo del narcotráfico está detenido y a la espera de la extradición.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to be in store)
a. esperar
Happiness awaits if you are ready to seize it.La felicidad te espera si estás dispuesto a atraparla.
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