Definition of expectation
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 : 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.
Recent Examples of expectation from the Web
But even with tempered expectations, Tuesday’s outing from the 31-year-old Bailey was nothing but encouraging.
At least when the Sox traded for Garcia in 2013, expectations included All-Star Game appearances and comparisons likened him to Tigers star Miguel Cabrera, who incidentally wasn't picked for the first time since 2009.
After Naperville Central went 4-5 in 2016 and with several skill players back to aid Thorne, expectations will be high.
The expectation that fewer people would buy health insurance under the Republican bill is key to measuring the bill’s impact on federal finances.
Prices increased 5.5 percent nationwide, down from 5.8 percent in March and missing some analysts’ expectations.
The expectation continues to be that Allen will be one of the Redskins' starting defensive ends when that time comes.
The Character: Maeve, Westworld When HBO first announced an ambitious new series called Westworld from Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy, expectations were both sky-high and a bit muddled.
It’s no knock to those who are placed in this type of work environment – the expectations are high and the stress levels are higher.
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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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