1. Expect,anticipate,hope,await all imply looking to some future event. Expect implies confidently believing, usually for good reasons, that an event will occur: to expect a visit from a friend.Anticipate is to look forward to an event and even to picture it: Do you anticipate trouble?Hope implies a wish that an event may take place and an expectation that it will: to hope for the best.Await ( wait for ) implies being alert and ready, whether for good or evil: to await news after a cyclone.
3. This sense of expect ( I expect you went with them. I expect you want to leave now. ) is encountered in the speech of educated people but seldom in their writing.
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.