verb (used with object)
- expectation of life,
- expectation sunday
Origin of expect
Examples from the Web for expected
Indeed, every teacher is expected to be a Muslim by birth or conversion.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.
He expected European capitalism to evolve spontaneously into a market socialism of worker-owned cooperatives.
There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are expected to spend $2.45 trillion.
Essentially, we are being left in a position where we are expected to just take agency promises at face value.
That he had some notice of what was to be expected from that quarter, appears by the following letter to his friend, Mr. Becher.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)|Thomas Moore
Somehow he had expected to find her there, and he watched her again, as he had done through Pre Antoine's vines.Bayou Folk|Kate Chopin
What else could have been expected than discomfiture and disgrace?
I turned my eyes in the direction I expected to see the horses.Snow Shoes and Canoes|William H. G. Kingston
I expected a blow for that, and tried to look as though I did not, being extremely anxious to return it with effect.Some Persons Unknown|E. W. Hornung
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.