Definitions of expect

  1. regard something as probable or likely; " The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
  2. consider obligatory; request and expect; " 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. look forward to the probable occurrence of; " We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; " She is looking to a promotion"; " he is waiting to be drafted"
  4. be pregnant with; " She is bearing his child"; " The are expecting another child in January"; " I am carrying his child"
  5. look forward to the birth of a child; " She is expecting in March"
  6. consider reasonable or due; " I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"
  7. To wait for; to await.
  8. To look for ( mentally); to look forward to, as to something that is believed to be about to happen or come; to have a previous apprehension of, whether of good or evil; to look for with some confidence; to anticipate; -- often followed by an infinitive, sometimes by a clause ( with, or without, that); as, I expect to receive wages; I expect that the troops will be defeated.
  9. To wait; to stay.
  10. Expectation.
  11. To wait.
  12. To wait for; look for, in thought, as likely to happen; to look for with confidence.
  13. To wait for: to look forward to as something about to happen: to anticipate: to hope.
  14. To look or wait for; anticipate.
  15. To look forward to as probable; anticipate; look for; rely upon; require.
  16. To wait for; to look for as likely to happen; to calculate on being done; to anticipate.
  17. To look out for; to wait for; to have an apprehension of something future; to entertain a belief that something will happen; to demand or require.

Quotes of expect

  1. Our people, our shareholders, me, Bill Gates, we expect to change the world in every way, to succeed wildly at everything we touch, to have the broadest impact of any company in the world. – Steve Ballmer
  2. I knew Secrets and Lies was a great film, but I didn't expect it to get the attention it did because none of his other films had and I thought they were just as good. – Brenda Blethyn
  3. Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us. – George W. Bush
  4. Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level. – Eileen Caddy
  5. You cannot expect so much freedom in a land of 1. 3 billion people. – Alex Chiu
  6. I didn't expect to win the Oscar. You grow up watching the Oscars on TV and you think it happens to fancy people. It was really surreal. – Jennifer Connelly
  7. It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. – Ram Dass
  8. I fully expect to be doing yoga for the rest of my life. – Ali MacGraw
  9. There are a lot of things in Queen albums that you don't expect that's why we threw them in. – Brian May
  10. In terms of development of the company, the vast majority of our sales are in the Far East and we will expect to strengthen our activities there, perhaps even moving some of our engineering activities abroad. – David Milne
  11. These are estimates that are done by the experts as to how much they expect we could get from the first lease sale that would take place in ANWR, and the estimate is about $2. 5 billion. – Gale Norton
  12. Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish. – Ovid
  13. Geez, I wish I could tell you I had a whole bunch of '80s hair bands, you know something you really wouldn't expect but I don't know that the music police would be that surprised, because most of the stuff that I am influenced by is in evidence in the music. – John Sebastian
  14. I don't look at it like that's my rival and I have to beat her. It's more like, I have to ski this as fast as I can and the fastest of everyone out here and that's what I expect – Picabo Street
  15. On the other hand, I'm very tolerant as well. I expect that everybody can play what they want. I'm only not tolerant when it comes to myself and what is presented on my album that I have to listen to for the rest of my life. – Eberhard Weber

Usage examples for expect

  1. " About what you could expect – Time Crime by H. Beam Piper
  2. We expect him home soon." – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  3. I expect you're right. – Blake's Burden by Harold Bindloss
  4. What do you expect to find out from me? – Jennie Baxter, Journalist by Robert Barr
  5. And I expect you're right. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  6. " I didn't expect you back so soon," he said. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
  7. I expect he knows it. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  8. " I expect there were more, but we saw only one. – Brand Blotters by William MacLeod Raine
  9. Now what message did they expect and from whom was it to come?" – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  10. When shall we expect you? – The Lost Trail by Edward S. Ellis
  11. That's what I expect – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  12. Now, I expect to be very happy here. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  13. They expect me as much as anything. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  14. I did not expect it of her. – Erlach Court by Ossip Schubin
  15. I expect you'll want to. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  16. She must not expect too much. – The Trumpeter Swan by Temple Bailey
  17. I don't in the least expect her to be what is known as a 'success. – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  18. He cannot expect that of me; but I have done what I could- all that is left me to do, have not I? – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  19. Expect trouble if- If what? – The Woman in the Alcove by Anna Katharine Green
  20. I expect nothing but she will be- what do you call them? – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell

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