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expectant

adjective ex·pec·tant \ ik-ˈspek-tənt \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of expectant

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

expectantly

adverb

Examples of expectant in a Sentence

  1. An expectant crowd waited for her arrival.

  2. expectant crowds gathered at the spot where the President was scheduled to make an appearance

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First Known Use of expectant

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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expectant Synonyms

Antonyms

nonpregnant;

Phrases

with child, with young;


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expectant

noun

Definition of expectant

: one who is looking forward to something

Examples of expectant in a Sentence

  1. divinity students who were all expectants for a curacy

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First Known Use of expectant

1609

in the meaning defined above

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EXPECTANT Defined for English Language Learners

expectant

Definition of expectant for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or thinking that something will happen : expecting something

  • : expecting the birth of a child : soon to become a parent


EXPECTANT Defined for Kids

expectant

adjective ex·pec·tant \ ik-ˈspek-tənt \

Definition of expectant for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

expectant

adjective ex·pec·tant \ -tənt \

medical Definition of expectant

: expecting the birth of a child
  • expectant mothers


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