- 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
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Examples from the Web for expects
No one expects her to be Elizabeth Warren, but everyone expects Clinton to hear and respect Warren.The Most Powerful Democrat in America
December 15, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
Still, he said he expects Novartis to provide further documentation to calm fears.Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
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
November 28, 2014
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
November 18, 2014
Comes in any time, 'e does, an' expects a 'ot dinner just the syme.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
You heard what the singer said, as he left us: 'She is at hand, and expects you'?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.The Devil's Dictionary
A brave man ought to ask for what he wants, not for what he expects to get.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
The young man who expects something of himself is usually disappointed.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- 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 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.