expectant

adjective
ex·​pec·​tant | \ ik-ˈspek-tənt How to pronounce expectant (audio) \

Definition of expectant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characterized by expectation
2 : expecting the birth of a child expectant mothers

expectant

noun

Definition of expectant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is looking forward to something

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Other Words from expectant

Adjective

expectantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for expectant

Synonyms: Adjective

agape, agog, anticipant, anticipatory

Synonyms: Noun

applicant, applier, aspirant, campaigner, candidate, contender, hopeful, prospect, seeker

Antonyms: Noun

noncandidate

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Examples of expectant in a Sentence

Adjective

An expectant crowd waited for her arrival. expectant crowds gathered at the spot where the President was scheduled to make an appearance

Noun

divinity students who were all expectants for a curacy
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Because black people didn't have access to hospitals and white doctors refused to treat black expectant mothers, midwives took over. CBS News, "Doctors vs. midwives: OB-GYN blew the whistle, risked career, to protect moms and babies," 14 June 2019 The donation process for expectant mothers is simple, Brewton said. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "‘Amazing, life changing’; Cord blood donation program at Brookwood yields 4 life-saving transplants," 14 June 2019 Catcher Bryan Holaday, filling in for expectant father and starter J.T. Realmuto, stroked a walk-off single to score Miguel Rojas and win the game for the Marlins. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 4, Milwaukee Brewers 3 (10 innings)," 10 July 2018 Whaley and blogger Allison Lach, both expectant mothers, snapped photos together before dinner. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Media stars and a former Texans player taste-test new Original Ninfa's Uptown on VIP night," 7 June 2019 And while extreme distance runners reach maximum performance during high-intensity races, expectant mothers often hit the same mark at a lower intensity over a longer period of time, typically without completing a triathlon. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "The two groups that reach the peak of human endurance? Extreme athletes and pregnant women," 6 June 2019 Let Down in the Valley John Kerry stands up expectant crowds at Sun Valley, already smarting from the no-show status of Bill Gates and Marissa Mayer. Rachel Mosely, Town & Country, "The 1% Daily," 10 July 2014 Yet there’s no evidence that Millais ever saw the book or this Van Eyck, whose mood by contrast is joyful and expectant, though both women are clearly burdened and obedient to strict, prescribed roles. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters’ Review: Understanding a Complex Aesthetic," 28 July 2018 From Harry putting his arm around his wife, to Meghan reaching for the prince's arm, the expectant parents were as sweet as ever. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Buckingham Palace PDA Will Absolutely Slay You," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This at a time when party operatives were worse that a dirty U.S. Congressmen, gift-expectant, institutionally incapable of hearing anything at all. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog's Documentary, Is a Historical Thriller for Today," 27 May 2019 Also on Thursday, expectant Catherine shared a new photo of the adorable big brother-to-be after Sean’s tweet. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Father-to-Be Sean Lowe Shares the Hilarious Reality of 'Parenting a Toddler'," 15 Mar. 2018 The expectant Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 33, showed off her glamorous ensemble on Instagram Wednesday during her sibling trip in Japan. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Is This Khloé Kardashian's Sexiest Maternity Photo Ever? (She's in the Shower!)," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of expectant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expectant was in the 14th century

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expectant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of expectant

: feeling or thinking that something will happen : expecting something
: expecting the birth of a child : soon to become a parent

expectant

adjective
ex·​pec·​tant | \ ik-ˈspek-tənt How to pronounce expectant (audio) \

Kids Definition of expectant

1 : looking forward to or waiting for something
2 : awaiting the birth of a child an expectant mother

expectant

adjective
ex·​pec·​tant | \ -tənt How to pronounce expectant (audio) \

Medical Definition of expectant

: expecting the birth of a child expectant mothers

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