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.
Idioms about expect
be expecting, to be pregnant: The cat is expecting again.
- ex·pect·a·ble, adjective
- ex·pect·a·bly, adverb
- ex·pect·ed·ly, adverb
- ex·pect·ed·ness, noun
- ex·pect·er, noun
- ex·pect·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·ex·pect, verb
- pre·ex·pect, verb (used with object)
- un·ex·pect·a·ble, adjective
- un·ex·pect·a·bly, adverb
- un·ex·pect·ing, adjective
- un·ex·pect·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use expect in a sentence
One in six respondents also expected to lose their health insurance.Global study finds pandemic exacerbates inequities for trans people | Kaela Roeder | November 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
As the oldest boy of nine siblings, his parents expected him to work.
Morales said some students still need to get their childhood vaccines before they are permitted to return and expects them to do so in the coming days.After 8 months, D.C. Public Schools reopens buildings for more than 400 students | Perry Stein | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
We expect six more… We’ve seen customers who have to change their mindset when it comes to energy.
“We still expect a multiyear recovery for demand, especially with the full economic fallout on household incomes and employment yet to be seen,” Liberum said.Airlines saw an immediate boost in passenger bookings following vaccine announcements | David Meyer | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
No one expects her to be Elizabeth Warren, but everyone expects Clinton to hear and respect Warren.
The defense team expects to receive all of the documents and evidence in the coming week.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist | Creede Newton | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Porter and Poindexter are within eleven miles of the place, and Duffield expects to be attacked by morning.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Besides, I've often noticed that he drops more kernels in a hill than he expects will grow.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
He is said to be making for Kirksville, where he expects to be joined by the guerrilla bands of northwestern Missouri.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The words were out, and he stood back as stands a man who, having cast an insult, prepares to ward the blow he expects in answer.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
She thinks he is as beautiful as a star, but she never expects him to come and light on her shoulder.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for expect
to regard as probable or likely; anticipate: he expects to win
to look forward to or be waiting for: we expect good news today
to decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; require: the boss expects us to work late today
- See also expecting
- expectable, adjective
- expectably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with expect
see when least expected.
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