Expect Ex*pect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expecting}.] [L. expectatum, to look out for, await, expect; ex + out spectare to look at. See {Spectacle}.] 1. To wait for; to await. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Let's in, and there expect their coming. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To look for (mentally); to look forward to, as to something that is believed to be about to happen or come; to have a previous apprehension of, whether of good or evil; to look for with some confidence; to anticipate; -- often followed by an infinitive, sometimes by a clause (with, or without, that); as, I expect to receive wages; I expect that the troops will be defeated. ``Good: I will expect you.'' --Shak. ``Expecting thy reply.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Somersetshire or yellow regiment . . . was expected to arrive on the following day. --Macaulay.

Syn: To anticipate; look for; await; hope.

Usage: To {Expect}, {Think}, {Believe}, {Await}. Expect is a mental act and has aways a reference to the future, to some coming event; as a person expects to die, or he expects to survive. Think and believe have reference to the past and present, as well as to the future; as I think the mail has arrived; I believe he came home yesterday, that he is he is at home now. There is a not uncommon use of expect, which is a confusion of the two; as, I expect the mail has arrived; I expect he is at home. This misuse should be avoided. Await is a physical or moral act. We await that which, when it comes, will affect us personally. We expect what may, or may not, interest us personally. See {Anticipate}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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