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.
Idioms about expect
be expecting, to be pregnant: The cat is expecting again.
- ex·pect·a·ble, adjective
- ex·pect·a·bly, adverb
- ex·pect·ed·ly, adverb
- ex·pect·ed·ness, noun
- ex·pect·er, noun
- ex·pect·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·ex·pect, verb
- pre·ex·pect, verb (used with object)
- un·ex·pect·a·ble, adjective
- un·ex·pect·a·bly, adverb
- un·ex·pect·ing, adjective
- un·ex·pect·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use expect in a sentence
You can expect to see the original cast of characters from Coming To America make an appearance including the brilliant James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, Shari Headley as Queen Lisa and John Amos as Cleo McDowell.‘Coming 2 America’ Will Premiere On Amazon Studios March 2021 | cmurray | November 20, 2020 | Essence.com
Find the smallest tiling for which the expected value of Hremains the same after you add one tile.How to Solve Our Three John Conway-Inspired Puzzles | Pradeep Mutalik | November 20, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The study by a team of seven researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University Center for Public Health and Human Rights found 77 percent of respondents expected a decrease in income.Global study finds pandemic exacerbates inequities for trans people | Kaela Roeder | November 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
Live Nation’s revenues are down nearly 60% in the past 12 months, and with no clarity on when live events might get the all-clear, Wall Street expects earnings to stay depressed in 2021.
Global game revenue is expected to grow almost 20% this year to $175 billion, according to researcher Newzoo.Roblox files for IPO as pandemic drives video game growth | Verne Kopytoff | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
Instead of the expectable back yard, Marie Louise was startled to see a noble landscape leap into view.The Cup of Fury | Rupert Hughes
I wish to show this to be expected as in our case, and expectable previously to it.The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper | Martin Farquhar Tupper
The scenarios depict expectable earthquakes that could severely impact on the major population centers of California.
These all-cotton Chincha specimens have none of the expectable features.Chincha Plain-weave cloths | Lila M. O'Neale
Some partiality therefore for constituents is always expectable.
British Dictionary definitions for expect
to regard as probable or likely; anticipate: he expects to win
to look forward to or be waiting for: we expect good news today
to decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; require: the boss expects us to work late today
- See also expecting
- expectable, adjective
- expectably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with expect
see when least expected.
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