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expect

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of expect

  1. to believe in the future occurrence of (something) we expect their arrival late this afternoon Synonyms of expect anticipate, await, hope (for), watch (for) Words Related to expect bank on, count (on or upon), depend (on or upon), rely (on or upon), wait (for); envisage, envision, foresee; foretell, predict, prophesy; assume, presume, presuppose; contemplate, eye, view Phrases look for, look forward to Near Antonyms of expect doubt, question

Synonym Discussion of expect

expect, hope, look mean to await some occurrence or outcome. expect implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning.
    • expects to be finished by Tuesday
hope implies little certainty but suggests confidence or assurance in the possibility that what one desires or longs for will happen.
    • hopes to find a job soon
look, with to, implies assurance that expectations will be fulfilled
    • looks to a tidy profit from the sale
; with for it implies less assurance and suggests an attitude of expectancy and watchfulness.
    • look for rain when the wind shifts to the northeast


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