expect
verb Etymology: Latin exspectare to look forward to, from ex- + spectare to look at, frequentative of specere to look — more at spy Date: 1560 intransitive verb 1. archaic wait, stay 2. to look forward 3. to be pregnant ; await the birth of one's child — used in progressive tenses <
she's expecting next month
>
transitive verb 1. archaic await 2. to anticipate or look forward to the coming or occurrence of <
we expect them any minute now
>
<
expected a telephone call
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3. suppose, think 4. a. to consider probable or certain <
expect to be forgiven
>
<
expect that things will improve
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b. to consider reasonable, due, or necessary <
expected hard work from the students
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c. to consider bound in duty or obligated <
they expect you to pay your bills
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expectable adjectiveexpectably adverbexpectedly adverbexpectedness noun Synonyms: expect, hope, look mean to await some occurrence or outcome. expect implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning <
expects to be finished by Tuesday
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. hope implies little certainty but suggests confidence or assurance in the possibility that what one desires or longs for will happen <
hopes to find a job soon
>
. look with to, implies assurance that expectations will be fulfilled <
looks to a tidy profit from the sale
>
; with for it implies less assurance and suggests an attitude of expectancy and watchfulness <
look for rain when the wind shifts to the northeast
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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