Expect Definition

expected, expecting, expects
expected, expecting, expects
To look for as likely to occur or appear; look forward to; anticipate.
I expected you sooner.
Webster's New World
To consider likely or certain.
Expect to see them soon.
American Heritage
To look for as due, proper, or necessary.
To expect a reward.
Webster's New World
To suppose; presume; guess.
Webster's New World
To wait for.
Webster's New World
be expecting
  • to be pregnant
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Expect

  • be expecting

Origin of Expect

  • From Latin expectāre, alternative form of exspectō (“look out for, await, expect”), from ex (“out”) + spectō (“look at”), frequentative of speciō (“see”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin exspectāre ex- ex- spectāre to look at frequentative of specere to see spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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