verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
Examples from the Web for expect
The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Plus, expect outside players to take actions related to the conflict.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The relationships, and motivations of their chief participants, are as tangled and shady as you expect of the super-rich.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.
The name that most Republicans seem both to expect and dread to consider running is Vito Fossella.
Still, this is nothing more than what its geographical position leads us to expect.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man|Robert Gordon Latham
I was at a loss to know whether he was the prince or not, but he seemed to expect me.
I expect that twenty-one of her girls have refused John Gesner, laughed Mr. Wadsworth.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
If a man will not pay his store bills you cannot expect him to pay his doctor.How to Collect a Doctor Bill|Frank P. Davis
We may expect wisdom in the choice of the human agents we select.Among the Forces|Henry White Warren
British Dictionary definitions for expect
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for expect
Word Origin and History for expect
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 expect
see when least expected.