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

The children, including infants and expectant mothers, are dirty, cold, hungry and sleep-deprived. Bob Ortega, CNN, "Doctor says Border Patrol often misses early signs of illness in migrant children," 1 July 2019 The children, including infants and expectant mothers, are dirty, cold, hungry and sleep-deprived. Graham Kates, CBS News, ""I'm hungry here at Clint all the time": Lawyers use kids' testimonies to seek access to Border Patrol facilities," 27 June 2019 Our messages on Pinterest mirror that mission by sharing inspirational messages to expectant mothers, ultrasound images showing the science of prenatal development, and images declaring that women deserve better than Planned Parenthood. Lila Rose, National Review, "Pinterest Secretly Treats Pro-Life Messages Like ‘Porn’," 26 June 2019 The Golden State win narrowed Toronto’s series lead to three games to two and prevented the Raptors, in front of an expectant sellout crowd, from clinching the first championship in the franchise’s 24-year history. Marc Stein, New York Times, "How the Warriors Survived Game 5 of the N.B.A. Finals," 10 June 2019 France and South Korea kicked off the 2019 Women's World Cup on Friday, as the hosts made the perfect start with a 4-0 win in front of an expectant home crowd. SI.com, "France 4-0 South Korea: Report, Ratings and Reaction as Les Bleus Make Perfect World Cup Start," 7 June 2019 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

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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More Definitions for expectant

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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