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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.
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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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