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

Until recently, expectant parents received this information without much fanfare during a routine ultrasound, or perhaps by phone, when a doctor called to relay amniocentesis results. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "When Gender Reveal Videos Go Spectacularly, Cathartically Wrong," 1 Aug. 2019 Between 2008 and 2011, researchers recruited expectant mothers during the first 14 weeks of a healthy pregnancy. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Is Fluoride in Drinking Water Safe? A New Study Reignites a Long-Standing Debate," 21 Aug. 2019 The hospital announced the news in March on social media with a photo of eight of the nine expectant mothers, and the post was flooded with well-wishes. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Nine labor unit nurses who were pregnant together have given birth," 15 Aug. 2019 Nearly two years ago, the Cleveland Clinic closed the maternity unit at Medina Hospital, sending expectant mothers 30 to 40 minutes away to Akron General or Fairview Hospital. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "UH Parma closing labor and delivery by year end," 9 Aug. 2019 Clarisa met Ochoa-Lopez via Facebook in a group forum for expectant mothers. Fox News, "Chicago woman, daughter charged with killing baby cut from teenager's womb with butcher knife," 19 July 2019 But the expectant mom could not wait to raise a son with the stereotypical boyhood that Braiden never had. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 The thought of a child or expectant mom becoming seriously ill is intolerable. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Defending culling of geese; Culling angers Canadian; If the shoe fits…; Give that team a raise (7/10/19)," 10 July 2019 Because of the rapid changes in the Suns' draft status, the atmosphere in the draft party was more quietly expectant than the jubilant mood of the 2018 gathering. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns fans react to whirlwind day of trades and surprising picks in NBA draft," 21 June 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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