Definition of expectation
2a : 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
expectationalplay \ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shə-nəl, -shnəl\ 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.
First Known Use of expectation
EXPECTATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of expectation for Students
1 : the state of looking forward to or waiting for something <The crowd waited in expectation for her.>
2 : something expected <The expectation was for a win.>
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