- 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 expected
Indeed, every teacher is expected to be a Muslim by birth or conversion.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
He expected European capitalism to evolve spontaneously into a market socialism of worker-owned cooperatives.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are expected to spend $2.45 trillion.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
Essentially, we are being left in a position where we are expected to just take agency promises at face value.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
And were you as unhappy as you expected to be during this visit?
From what we had heard, we expected to find you in the city.
Besides, he had four quarts left, for which he expected to find a ready sale.Brave and Bold
But think of my people, and what's expected of me—think of Mr. Shepler.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She had her duty to perform, and she expected to be taken care of till it was done.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- 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 expected
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 expected
see when least expected.