Definition of expect
- she's expecting next month
- we expect them any minute now
- expected a telephone call
- expect to be forgiven
- expect that things will improve
- expected hard work from the students
- they expect you to pay your bills
As expected, the election was very close.
It's expected that the new products will be available next month.
Prices are expected to rise.
He's opposed to the new law, as you might expect.
Good things sometimes happen when you least expect them.
I'm expecting a phone call.
The expected delivery date is next month.
He's a teacher who expects hard work from his students.
We expected more from you.
This is not the kind of behavior I expected of you.
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look for, look forward to;
: to think that something will probably or certainly happen
: to think that (someone or something) will arrive or that (something) will happen
: to consider (something) to be reasonable, required, or necessary
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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