- to look forward to; regard as likely to happen; anticipate the occurrence or the coming of: I expect to read it. I expect him later. She expects that they will come.
- to look for with reason or justification: We expect obedience.
- Informal. to suppose or surmise; guess: I expect that you are tired from the trip.
- to anticipate the birth of (one's child): Paul and Sylvia expect their second very soon.
- be expecting, to be pregnant: The cat is expecting again.
Origin of expect
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Examples from the Web for expectable
These all-cotton Chincha specimens have none of the expectable features.Chincha Plain-weave cloths
Lila M. O'Neale
Instead of the expectable back yard, Marie Louise was startled to see a noble landscape leap into view.The Cup of Fury
Difficulties in Scripture were expectable for many reasons; I can only touch a few.
Does not this process involve invention, in cases where the93 possible occasions are not of the ordinary and expectable kind?Invention
Bradley A. Fiske
I wish to show this to be expected as in our case, and expectable previously to it.
- to regard as probable or likely; anticipatehe expects to win
- to look forward to or be waiting forwe expect good news today
- to decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; requirethe boss expects us to work late today
Word Origin and History for expectable
1550s, "wait, defer action," from Latin expectare/exspectare "await, look out for, desire, hope," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + spectare "to look," frequentative of specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)).
Figurative sense of "anticipate, look forward to" developed in Latin, attested in English from c.1600. Used since 1817 as a euphemism for "be pregnant." Related: Expected; expecting.
Idioms and Phrases with expectable
see when least expected.