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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
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.).
intransitive verb
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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. esperar
b. aguardar
Regionalism used in Spain
a nasty surprise awaited herle esperaba una desagradable sorpresa
2. (law)
to be awaiting trialestar en espera de juicio
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await [əˈweɪt]
transitive verb
1 (wait for) esperar; aguardar
we await your instructions esperamos or aguardamos sus instrucciones
a long awaited event
we await your reply with interest aguardamos su respuesta con interés
2 (be in store for) esperar; aguardar
the fate that awaits him la suerte que le espera; a surprise awaits him le espera or le aguarda una sorpresa
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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