expectation

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noun ex·pec·ta·tion \ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən, ik-\

Definition of expectation

  1. 1 :  the act or state of expecting :  anticipation in expectation of what would happen

  2. 2a :  something expected not up to expectations expectations for an economic recoveryb :  basis for expecting :  assurance they have every expectation of successc :  prospects of inheritance —usually used in plural

  3. 3 :  the state of being expected

  4. 4a :  expectancy 2bb :  expected value

expectational

play \ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shə-nəl, -shnəl\ adjective

Examples of expectation in a Sentence

  1. The company has expectations of making a profit next year.

  2. I saved the files in the expectation that they would be useful in the future.

  3. There is widespread expectation that the strike will be settled soon.

  4. The crowd waited in expectation of her arrival.

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First Known Use of expectation

1540



EXPECTATION Defined for English Language Learners

expectation

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Definition of expectation for English Language Learners

  • : a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen

  • : a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be


EXPECTATION Defined for Kids

expectation

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noun ex·pec·ta·tion \ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of expectation for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of looking forward to or waiting for something The crowd waited in expectation for her.

  2. 2 :  something expected The expectation was for a win.



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