Expect meaning

ĭk-spĕkt
To consider obligatory; require.

The school expects its pupils to be on time.

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To look for as likely to occur or appear; look forward to; anticipate.

I expected you sooner.

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Expect is defined as to look forward to, require or consider due.

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.

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To consider reasonable or due.

We expect an apology.

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To look for as due, proper, or necessary.

To expect a reward.

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To suppose; presume; guess.
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To wait for.
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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.

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To consider reasonably due.

You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week.

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(continuous aspect only, of a woman or couple) To be pregnant, to consider a baby due.
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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.

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To presume; suppose.
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To be pregnant. Used in progressive tenses.

My wife is expecting again.

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be expecting
  • To be pregnant.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be expecting

Origin of expect

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary