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
Examples of expect in a Sentence
As expected, the election was very close.
It's expected that the new products will be available next month.
Prices are expected to rise.
He's opposed to the new law, as you might expect.
Good things sometimes happen when you least expect them.
I'm expecting a phone call.
The expected delivery date is next month.
He's a teacher who expects hard work from his students.
We expected more from you.
This is not the kind of behavior I expected of you. See More
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Latin exspectare to look forward to, from ex- + spectare to look at, frequentative of specere to look — more at spy