- 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 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
January 3, 2015
Plus, expect outside players to take actions related to the conflict.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
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
December 31, 2014
You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
The name that most Republicans seem both to expect and dread to consider running is Vito Fossella.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
And can you expect the youth of Athens to be wiser than their gods?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Now tell me just what you expect a woman in my position to do.
I am, in other words, an investment from which they expect large returns.
Now the folks out in this part of the country have come to expect it from a man like him.
You will, however, expect me to say something of our latest enterprise.Explorations in Australia
- 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 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.