expectation

noun

ex·​pec·​ta·​tion ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce expectation (audio)
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1
: the act or state of expecting : anticipation
in expectation of what would happen
2
a
: something expected
not up to expectations
expectations for an economic recovery
b
: basis for expecting : assurance
they have every expectation of success
c
: prospects of inheritance
usually used in plural
3
: the state of being expected
4
expectational adjective

Examples of expectation in a Sentence

The company has expectations of making a profit next year. I saved the files in the expectation that they would be useful in the future. There is widespread expectation that the strike will be settled soon. The crowd waited in expectation of her arrival.
Recent Examples on the Web The Model 3’s 274 miles of arctic driving still put it in a fairly respectable eighth place using that particular metric, despite falling well short of expectations. Alistair Charlton, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The expectation is that the strikes will prompt Iran to back off, fearful of risking a shooting war with a far larger power. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Cooperation depends not only on actual rewards, but people’s expectations. TIME, 3 Feb. 2024 That is, there are to be no motions, no substantial matters addressed, and no expectations that the Trump team is using the delay to prepare for the eventual trial. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 3 Feb. 2024 Your audience has expectations of your style and manner of speech. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Triangulate your expectations somewhere around there, and then downgrade them even lower. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 But there’s little expectation that rents will drop — or that the overall housing market will suddenly transform into a more even playing field. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of expectation was in 1540

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“Expectation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expectation. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

expectation

noun
ex·​pec·​ta·​tion ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce expectation (audio)
ik-
1
: the act or state of expecting : a looking forward to or waiting for something
2
: chances of good or bad fortune
usually used in plural
3
: something expected

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