expect

verb
ex·​pect | \ ik-ˈspekt \
expected; expecting; expects

Definition of expect

intransitive verb

1 archaic : wait, stay
2 : to look forward
3 : to be pregnant : await the birth of one's child used in progressive tenses she's expecting next month

transitive verb

1 archaic : await
2 : to anticipate or look forward to the coming or occurrence of we expect them any minute now expected a telephone call
3 : suppose, think
4a : to consider probable or certain expect to be forgiven expect that things will improve
b : to consider reasonable, due, or necessary expected hard work from the students
c : to consider bound in duty or obligated they expect you to pay your bills

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Other Words from expect

expectable \ ik-​ˈspek-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
expectably \ ik-​ˈspek-​tə-​blē \ adverb
expectedly adverb
expectedness noun

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expect, hope, look mean to await some occurrence or outcome. expect implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning. expects to be finished by Tuesday hope implies little certainty but suggests confidence or assurance in the possibility that what one desires or longs for will happen. hopes to find a job soon look, with to, implies assurance that expectations will be fulfilled looks to a tidy profit from the sale ; with for it implies less assurance and suggests an attitude of expectancy and watchfulness. look for rain when the wind shifts to the northeast

Examples of expect in a Sentence

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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Because underwear is washed so often, shrinkage can be expected, especially if it's made of cotton. Amanda Hawkins, Good Housekeeping, "4 Signs It's Time for New Underwear and Bras," 9 Feb. 2019 In the streets between Restaurant Floreyn and Le Restaurant are countless cool cafés, notably Bakers & Roasters , the Avocado Show (expect to endure appalling lines), and Little Collins. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The company expects those discussions to end relatively soon, as its plan to merge all three systems shows late 2019 or early 2020 as a target date. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Wants to Smash Three of Its Biggest Apps Together," 25 Jan. 2019 And for those who want to get prices down even lower, CyberPower expects the Tracer III 15 R with an H-class Intel CPU and GeForce RTX 2060 to come in at roughly $1,500. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Pricing for RTX-equipped laptops might not be that bad after all," 9 Jan. 2019 Gatwick expects the chaos to continue into tomorrow and has begun advising passengers not to come to the airport. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Mysterious drones near UK’s Gatwick Airport have shut down runways for almost 24 hours," 20 Dec. 2018 The company expects to be able to offer 75 percent of those workers employment at another nearby retailer that partners with Instacart for deliveries. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook wants you to buy — and watch — HBO on Facebook," 14 Dec. 2018 Of the 102 million drivers on the road, AAA expects to rescue more than 960,000 motorists during the holiday period due to dead batteries, lockouts, flat tires, and more. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Worst Day to Travel Before Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 If this mission is a success, then Rocket Lab expects to have a busy 2019. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of expect

1560, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for expect

Latin exspectare to look forward to, from ex- + spectare to look at, frequentative of specere to look — more at spy

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The first known use of expect was in 1560

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expect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of expect

: 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

expect

verb
ex·​pect | \ ik-ˈspekt \
expected; expecting

Kids Definition of expect

1 : to think that something probably will be or happen They expect rain. Close up the motorcycle looked even better than he expected.— Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle
2 : to await the arrival of We're expecting guests.
3 : to consider to be obliged I expect you to pay your debts.
4 : to consider reasonable, due, or necessary I expect your attention.
ex·​pect | \ ik-ˈspekt \

Medical Definition of expect

: to be pregnant : await the birth of one's child used in progressive tenses she's expecting next month

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