verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
Examples from the Web for expecting
Insanity, after all, is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, right?
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Annie Gaus|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“If you are expecting any serious answers to this question, you are probably going to be disappointed,” he said.
They were not expecting it and we had seized their rifles before they could recover from their surprise.The Man From Brodney's|George Barr McCutcheon
"Oh, I'm not expecting any flowery beds of ease," retorted Mary.Mary Ware's Promised Land|Annie Fellows Johnston
The heavy teak portal gave way beneath the Cimmerian's assault, and he peered inside warily, expecting anything.The People of the Black Circle|Robert E. Howard
Our camp was in a commotion, expecting war to be declared at once.A Soldier in the Philippines|Needom N. Freeman
The English government could scarcely be serious in expecting that he would sacrifice an old attendant in any such manner.History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth. Vol. III|James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for expecting (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for expecting (2 of 2)
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for expect
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.