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Definition of expectant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of expectant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is looking forward to something

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Other Words from expectant


expectantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for expectant

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 For 20 weeks, Black Soil will subsidize weekly shares of local farm produce for single and expectant mothers living at or below the poverty line with the fund donation. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "$1M from LEE Initiative to help farmers and restaurants rebuild after coronavirus closures," 18 May 2020 For expectant and new moms during the pandemic, many traditions that surround having a baby have vanished. María Méndez, Dallas News, "Zoom in the delivery room: Coronavirus pandemic forces moms to embrace new rituals," 9 May 2020 With more than 830,000 confirmed infections in the U.S. as of Wednesday afternoon, that’s still many thousands of expectant women potentially affected by the deadly respiratory virus. oregonlive, "Coronavirus complicates pregnancy, births for moms and babies," 4 May 2020 Pregnant people around the country are struggling with uncertainty, especially regarding hospital L&D regulations, which are constantly changing and leave the expectant unable to make birthing plans in advance. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Good Housekeeping, "I’m Terrified to Give Birth During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 7 Apr. 2020 To keep mothers and new babies safe, Los Angeles hospitals are beginning to restrict the obstetric triage area to people giving birth, leaving expectant Angelenos to labor alone while their partners wait in the car. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: With classrooms shut for months, what’s a parent to do?," 2 Apr. 2020 Beyond the physiology of pregnancy, expectant women also have to navigate a healthcare and hospital system that wasn’t designed specifically for them. Fortune, "The coronavirus problem could be solved by design thinking," 28 Jan. 2020 But the law didn’t always protect expectant women in any workplace. Kyle Greenwalt, The Conversation, "Even when they aren’t fired for being pregnant or gay, teachers face strict moral demands," 22 Oct. 2019 After all, what expectant woman isn’t a bit more exhausted at that point? Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "What Is Maternal Mortality? It's Taking The Lives Of Too Many Women," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The club asked supporters to come dressed in lilywhite on what was a hot and murky September evening, expectant of a win to open this new chapter in their history. SI.com, "Tottenham's 7 Most Embarrassing Defeats Under Mauricio Pochettino," 25 Sep. 2019 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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expectant. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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


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


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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