Definition of Expect

1. Verb. Regard something as probable or likely. "They expect to move "; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"




2. Verb. Consider obligatory; request and expect. "They expect him to write the letter"; "I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons"
Exact synonyms: Ask, Require
Generic synonyms: Demand
Specialized synonyms: Call
Derivative terms: Expectation, Requirement

3. Verb. Look forward to the probable occurrence of. "He is waiting to be drafted"
Exact synonyms: Await, Look, Wait
Related verbs: Anticipate
Specialized synonyms: Look Forward, Look To, Hang On, Hold On, Hold The Line, Anticipate, Look For, Look To
Derivative terms: Expectancy, Expectant, Expectation, Waiter

4. Verb. Consider reasonable or due. "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"
Generic synonyms: Consider, Reckon, Regard, See, View
Derivative terms: Expectation

5. Verb. Look forward to the birth of a child. "She is expecting in March"
Related verbs: Bear, Carry, Gestate, Have A Bun In The Oven
Generic synonyms: Await, Look, Wait
Derivative terms: Expectant, Expectation

6. Verb. Be pregnant with. "I am carrying his child"
Exact synonyms: Bear, Carry, Gestate, Have A Bun In The Oven
Entails: Conceive
Generic synonyms: Bear, Birth, Deliver, Give Birth, Have
Related verbs: Bear, Birth, Deliver, Give Birth, Have
Derivative terms: Expectant, Expectation, Gestation, Gestation

Definition of Expect

1. v. t. To wait for; to await.

2. v. t. To wait; to stay.

3. n. Expectation.

Definition of Expect

1. Verb. 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). ¹

2. Verb. To consider obligatory or required. ¹

3. Verb. To consider reasonably due. ¹

4. Verb. (context: continuous aspect only, of a woman or couple) to be pregnant, to consider a baby due ¹

5. Verb. (obsolete) To wait for; to await. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Expect

1. to anticipate [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: anticipate

Medical Definition of Expect

1. 1. To wait for; to await. "Let's in, and there expect their coming." (Shak) 2. 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. "Good: I will expect you." "Expecting thy reply." "The Somersetshire or yellow regiment . . . Was expected to arrive on the following day." (Macaulay) Synonym: To anticipate, look for, await, hope. To Expect, Think, Believe, Await. Expect is a mental act and has aways a reference to the future, to some coming event; as a person expects to die, or he expects to survive. Think and believe have reference to the past and present, as well as to the future; as I think the mail has arrived; I believe he came home yesterday, that he is he is at home now. There is a not uncommon use of expect, which is a confusion of the two; as, I expect the mail has arrived; I expect he is at home. This misuse should be avoided. Await is a physical or moral act. We await that which, when it comes, will affect us personally. We expect what may, or may not, interest us personally. See Anticipate. Origin: L. Expectatum, to look out for, await, expect; ex + out spectare to look at. See Spectacle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Expect

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expatiating
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expatriate
expatriated
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expatriating
expatriation
expatriations
expatriatism
expatriatisms
expatriot
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expect (current term)
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expectable
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expectation of life
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Literary usage of Expect

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1860)
"Should I now be ashamed of His ways and servants, how can I expect the blessing ? (Mark, viii. 38.) But, indeed, this Shame was a bold villain, ..."

2. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"He was aware that he must not expect a genius in Mr Rushworth ; but as a well-judging, steady young man, with better notions than his elocution would do ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"attains its maximum in this set of will-traits, as we should perhaps expect, yet his physical health suffices only to pull him ..."

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