verb (used with object)
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.
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
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
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.
see: when least expected
[ik-spek-tuh nt] /ɪkˈspɛk tənt/ adjective 1. having ; : an excited, expectant audience. 2. pregnant; : an expectant mother. 3. characterized by : an expectant attitude. 4. in ; ; prospective: an expectant fortune. noun 5. a person who or who waits in . /ɪkˈspɛktənt/ adjective 1. expecting, anticipating, or hopeful: an expectant glance 2. […]
[ek-spek-tey-shuh n] /ˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act or the state of : to wait in expectation. 2. the act or state of looking forward or anticipating. 3. an mental attitude: a high pitch of expectation. 4. something ; a thing looked forward to. 5. Often, expectations. a prospect of future good or profit: […]
[ik-spen-di-cher] /ɪkˈspɛn dɪ tʃər/ noun 1. the act of something, especially funds; disbursement; consumption. 2. something that is ; : Unnecessary expenditures include those for luxury items. /ɪkˈspɛndɪtʃə/ noun 1. something expended, such as time or money 2. the act of expending n. 1769, from Medieval Latin expenditus, irregular past participle of expendere (see expend) […]
[ik-spleyn] /ɪkˈspleɪn/ verb (used with object) 1. to make plain or clear; render understandable or intelligible: to explain an obscure point. Synonyms: explicate. Antonyms: confuse. 2. to make known in detail: to explain how to do something. 3. to assign a meaning to; interpret: How can you explain such a silly remark? 4. to make […]