verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
Synonyms for expect
Related Words for expectforesee, predict, await, forecast, suppose, take, think, hope, require, demand, conjecture, surmise, look, figure, contemplate, reckon, apprehend, gather, feel, assume
Examples from the Web for expect
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of expect
And can you expect the youth of Athens to be wiser than their gods?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
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.
Now tell me just what you expect a woman in my position to do.
He is one of the few foreigners who expect a rational answer.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin 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.
see when least expected.