verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
Examples from the Web for expects
No one expects her to be Elizabeth Warren, but everyone expects Clinton to hear and respect Warren.
By doing that, Bratton has said publicly, he expects that eventually the protests will “peter out on their own.”Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall|Jacob Siegel|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, he said he expects Novartis to provide further documentation to calm fears.
One expects that an ecstatically rendered sex scene would follow, but their first night together is only tacitly referenced.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To work for Jarrett is to discover someone who listens and someone who expects nothing less than the very best.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable|Joshua DuBois|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even if we could, we should be rash to get it here, for every man asks about four times as much as he expects to get.Round the Wonderful World|G. E. Mitton
Eleanor is a girl with a thousand virtues, each of which she expects to find in counterpart in the man to whom she is affianced.Simon the Jester|William J. Locke
From you he expects absolution and admonition in his last moments.The Devil's Elixir|E. T. A. Hoffmann
Instinctively he had looked straight ahead of him, as one looks who expects to encounter a human enemy.Brood of the Witch-Queen|Sax Rohmer
The waiter looks as if he expects to be tipped for everything.Parkhurst Boys|Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for expects
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for expect
Word Origin and History for expects
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 expects
see when least expected.