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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (act of waiting)
a. wait
Vamos a tener una espera de cinco horas en el aeropuerto.We're going to have a five-hour wait at the airport.
2. (legal)
a. respite
El juez señaló una espera de un mes.The judge ordered a respite of one month.
3. (ability to wait)
a. patience
Hay que tener espera si quieres trabajar con niños chiquitos.You have to have patience if you want to work with little kids.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. wait
después de una espera prudencial, partimos sin élafter waiting for a reasonable amount of time, we left without him
la espera se nos hizo interminablethe waiting seemed endless
en espera de, a la espera dewaiting for, awaiting
seguimos a la espera de su respuestawe await your reply
en espera de lo que decida el juradowhile awaiting the jury's decision
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1 (acción) wait
la espera fue interminable it was an endless wait; tras una espera de tres horas after a three-hour wait; el asunto no tiene espera the matter is most urgent; en espera de su contestación awaiting your reply; en espera de que llegue waiting for him to arrive; estar a la espera de algo to be expecting sth; quedo a la espera de su respuesta (en correspondencia) I look forward to hearing from you
2 (paciencia) patience
es que no tienes espera you have no patience
3 (Jur) stay; respite
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