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(verb.) look forward to the birth of a child; 'She is expecting in March'.

(verb.) consider reasonable or due; 'I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed'.

(verb.) regard something as probable or likely; 'The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow'.

(verb.) 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'.

Inputed by Henrietta--From WordNet


(v. t.) To wait for; to await.

(v. t.) 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.

(v. t.) To wait; to stay.

(n.) Expectation.

Editor: Tamara

Synonyms and Synonymous

v. a. [1]. Await, wait for.[2]. Anticipate, look for, look forward to, count upon, reckon upon, calculate upon, rely upon.[3]. Hope, hope for.

Typist: Ruben

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Anticipate, await, forecast, forebode, wait_for, rely_on, look_for, foresee

ANT:Welcome, hail, recognize, greet, realize

Edited by Janet


v.t. to wait for: to look forward to as something about to happen: to anticipate: to hope.—n. (Shak.) expectation.—ns. Expect′ance Expect′ancy act or state of expecting: that which is expected: hope.—adj. Expect′ant looking or waiting for.—n. one who expects: one who is looking or waiting for some benefit or office.—adv. Expect′antly.—ns. Expectā′tion act or state of expecting: prospect of future good: that which is expected: the ground or qualities for anticipating future benefits or excellence: promise: the value of something expected: (pl.) prospect of fortune or profit by a will; Expectā′tion-week the period between Ascension Day and Whitsunday—during this time the Apostles continued praying in expectation of the Comforter.—adj. Expect′ative giving rise to expectation: reversionary.—n. an expectancy.—n. Expect′er (Shak.) one who waits for a person or thing.—adv. Expect′ingly in a state of expectation.

Edited by Bernice


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