- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for expect on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for expecting
Insanity, after all, is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, right?Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
It seems that Mr. H. is expecting not only me, he's expecting Thom Mount, the head of production at the studio.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He tended to shield himself from disappointment by expecting the worst—of people and of his country.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
I normally ignore blocked numbers, but was expecting a number of calls that day so I excused myself and answered anyway.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
“If you are expecting any serious answers to this question, you are probably going to be disappointed,” he said.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
He was far from expecting to meet him on shipboard bound to India.Brave and Bold
Not expecting to be absent more than a few days, we had neither rations nor rugs.Explorations in Australia
By expecting it from others half our resentment is forestalled.The Conquest of Fear
He rose, expecting a look of gratitude from the girl he loved.In the Midst of Alarms
"Chiefly by not doing and not expecting too much at first," said M'Leod.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- informal pregnant
- 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 expecting
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 expecting
see when least expected.