- 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 unexpecting
I am impressed by the fact that they are an unexpecting people.The Shuttle
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The only thing I liked at first to do, was to trace with slow and unexpecting step the narrow margin of the lake.Summer on the Lakes, in 1843
Unexpecting Dakota Joe's act, Wonota was not prepared for her mount's jump.Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest
Alice B. Emerson
Was it the little possessive pronoun that sent the sudden thrill through the unexpecting wrist?Mae Madden
Mary Murdoch Mason
There was I know not what of stealthy joy about her thus creeping in to the unexpecting land.The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy
- 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 unexpecting
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 unexpecting
see when least expected.