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Meaning & Definition of Expect in English





1. Regard something as probable or likely

  • "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
  • expect,
  • anticipate

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"
  • ask,
  • require,
  • expect

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"
  • expect,
  • look,
  • await,
  • wait

4. Consider reasonable or due

  • "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"
  • expect

5. Look forward to the birth of a child

  • "She is expecting in march"
  • expect

6. Be pregnant with

  • "She is bearing his child"
  • "The are expecting another child in january"
  • "I am carrying his child"
  • have a bun in the oven,
  • bear,
  • carry,
  • gestate,
  • expect

Examples of using

I didn't expect such a nasty response to my question.
Whom do you expect?
When you expect to get something for nothing, the only person you're fooling is yourself.