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Meaning of expect by Wiktionary Dictionary

expect


    Etymology

    From Latin expectāre, alternative form of exspectō ( “look out for, await, expect” ), from ex ( “out” ) + spectō ( “look at” ), frequentative of speciō ( “see” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( US ) IPA: /ɛkˈspɛkt/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɪkˈspɛkt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkt

    Verb

    expect ( third-person singular simple present expects present participle expecting, simple past and past participle expected )

    1. 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 ) .
      I expect to receive wages .
      I expect that the troops will be defeated .
    2. To consider obligatory or required .
    3. To consider reasonably due .
      You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week .
    4. ( continuous aspect only, of a woman or couple ) to be pregnant, to consider a baby due
    5. ( obsolete ) To wait for; to await.

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    External links

    • expect in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • expect in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • expect at OneLook Dictionary Search

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Explanation of expect by Wordnet Dictionary

expect


    Verb
    1. be pregnant with

    2. The are expecting another child in January
    3. look forward to the birth of a child

    4. She is expecting in March
    5. consider reasonable or due

    6. I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed
    7. regard something as probable or likely

    8. The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow
    9. look forward to the probable occurrence of

    10. We were expecting a visit from our relatives
    11. consider obligatory

    12. I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons


    Definition of expect by GCIDE Dictionary

    expect


    1. Expect 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.]

      Let's in, and there expect their coming. Shak.

      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.

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

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

    2. Expect, v. t. To wait; to stay. [Obs.] Sandys.

    3. Expect, n. Expectation. [Obs.] Shak.