[ɪk'spekt;ek-] or [ɪk'spɛkt]
(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.
Synonyms and Synonymous
v. a. . Await, wait for.. Anticipate, look for, look forward to, count upon, reckon upon, calculate upon, rely upon.. Hope, hope for.
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
- What more can you expect from me, sir? Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Mr Sampson murmured that this was the sort of thing you might expect from one who had ever in her own family been an example and never an outrage. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- The manufacturer has always been accustomed to look for his subsistence from his labour only; the soldier to expect it from his pay. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- I expect a judgment shortly and shall then place my establishment on a superior footing. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Therefore, betwixt your breakfast and your supper,--on the premises I expect to find you. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- What do you expect from your wife? Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- I remembered the furtive hatred in her face when she said, There is no news of Sir Percival that I don't expect--except the news of his death. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Have you found your first day's work harder than you expected? Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- It was a surprise: they had not expected the Englishwoman would play in a _vaudeville_. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Chance set me free of my London engagements to-day sooner than I had expected, and I have got here, in consequence, earlier than my appointed time. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- But in reality travelling interested her even less than he had expected. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- I was not expected, for she left me locked in the yard, while she went to ask if I were to be admitted. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- That was to be expected of a man of his merits. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- It was expected in case of necessity to connect these forts by rifle-pits. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Ah, Hopkins, I got your wire last night, and I have been expecting you. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- I was certainly very far from expecting them to make so strong an impression. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- Oh dear,' said Mrs. Leo Hunter, 'how anxiously I have been expecting him. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- I didn't have much faith that it would work, expecting that I might possibly hear a word or so that would give hope of a future for the idea. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- Caroline came, expecting, as Shirley did, a lecture on not having been visible at church. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- The emperor and his whole court stood on the shore, expecting the issue of this great adventure. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- It was only what he had been expecting to hear at any time during the months of his work, but nevertheless he was amazed when he did catch the sound. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Go, herald, and ask her whether she expects any one to do battle for her in this her cause. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- No one expects the young to make original discoveries of just the same facts and principles as are embodied in the sciences of nature and man. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- The socialist demand for a better distribution of wealth is of great consequence, but without a change in the very nature of labor society will not have achieved the happiness it expects. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- Lydgate was in love with this actress, as a man is in love with a woman whom he never expects to speak to. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- I am sure he expects nothing, papa. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- There now,said his lady, you see Mr. Palmer expects you; so you cannot refuse to come. Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility.
- Do you think he expects to make a success of it? Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.