This man appears to be expecting something.
- An example of expect is thinking someone will be home at a certain time.
- An example of expect is bringing an umbrella in preparation for rain.
- to look for as likely to occur or appear; look forward to; anticipate: I expected you sooner
- to look for as due, proper, or necessary: to expect a reward
- Informal to suppose; presume; guess
- Obs. to wait for
Origin of expectClassical Latin expectare, exspectare from ex-, out + spectare, to look, frequentative of specere, to see: see spectacle
verbex·pect·ed, ex·pect·ing, ex·pects
- a. To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of: expecting a phone call; expects rain on Sunday.b. To consider likely or certain: expect to see them soon. See Usage Note at anticipate.
- To consider reasonable or due: We expect an apology.
- To consider obligatory; require: The school expects its pupils to be on time.
- Informal To presume; suppose.
Origin of expectLatin exspectāre ex- ex- spectāre to look at frequentative of specere to see ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present expects, present participle expecting, simple past and past participle expected)
- 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).
- I expect to receive wages. I expect that the troops will be defeated.
- To consider obligatory or required.
- To consider reasonably due.
- You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week.
- (continuous aspect only, of a woman or couple) To be pregnant, to consider a baby due.
- 1825, Walter Scott, The Talisman, A. and C. Black (1868), 24-25:
- The knight fixed his eyes on the opening with breathless anxiety, and continuing to kneel in the attitude of devotion which the place and scene required, expected the consequence of these preparations.
- Expect is a mental act and has always 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.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.