Definition of Expect in English :

Define Expect in English

Expect meaning in English

Meaning of Expect in English

Pronunciation of Expect in English

Expect pronunciation in English

Pronounce Expect in English


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1. anticipate, expect

regard something as probable or likely

Example Sentences:
'The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow'

2. ask, expect, require

consider obligatory; request and expect

Example Sentences:
'We require our secretary to be on time'
'Aren't we asking too much of these children?'
'I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons'

3. await, expect, look, wait

look forward to the probable occurrence of

Example Sentences:
'We were expecting a visit from our relatives'
'She is looking to a promotion'
'he is waiting to be drafted'

4. expect

consider reasonable or due

Example Sentences:
'I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed'

5. expect

look forward to the birth of a child

Example Sentences:
'She is expecting in March'

6. bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven

be pregnant with

Example Sentences:
'She is bearing his child'
'The are expecting another child in January'
'I am carrying his child'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
to regard as probable or likely; anticipate
he expects to win
to look forward to or be waiting for
we expect good news today
to decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; require
the boss expects us to work late today

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verb transitive
to look for as likely to occur or appear; look forward to; anticipate
I expected you sooner
to look for as due, proper, or necessary
to expect a reward
3.  Informal
to suppose; presume; guess
4.  Obsolete
to wait for

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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v. ex·pect·ed, ex·pect·ing, ex·pects
a. To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of: expecting a phone call; expects rain on Sunday.
b. To consider likely or certain: expect to see them soon. See Usage Note at anticipate.
2. To consider reasonable or due: We expect an apology.
3. To consider obligatory; require: The school expects its pupils to be on time.
4. Informal To presume; suppose.
To be pregnant. Used in progressive tenses: My wife is expecting again.

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