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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v expect be pregnant with "She is bearing his child","The are expecting another child in January","I am carrying his child"
    • v expect look forward to the birth of a child "She is expecting in March"
    • v expect consider reasonable or due "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"
    • v expect regard something as probable or likely "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
    • v expect look forward to the probable occurrence of "We were expecting a visit from our relatives","She is looking to a promotion","he is waiting to be drafted"
    • v expect consider obligatory; request and expect "We require our secretary to be on time","Aren't we asking too much of these children?","I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

One of the mishaps to be expected One of the mishaps to be expected
Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms
The "Expectant" Costume The "Expectant" Costume

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The life expectancy of a $100 bill is nine years
    • n Expect Expectation.
    • Expect 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.""Expecting thy reply.""The Somersetshire or yellow regiment . . . was expected to arrive on the following day."
    • Expect To wait for; to await. "Let's in, and there expect their coming."
    • v. t Expect To wait; to stay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During his lifetime Paganini published only five compisitions. He didn't expect anybody to be able to play them, and at that time nobody could.
    • expect To look for; wait for; await.
    • expect To look for with anticipation; believe in the occurrence or the coming of; await as likely to happen or to appear.
    • expect To reckon upon, as something to be done, granted, or yielded; desire with confidence or assurance: as, to expect obedience or aid; I shall expect to find that job finished by Saturday; you are expected to be quiet.
    • expect To count upon in relation to something; trust or rely upon to do or act in some specified way; require or call upon expectantly: as, I expect you to obey, or to perform a task.
    • expect To suppose; reckon; conclude: applied to things past or present as well as to things future: as, I expect he went to town yesterday. [This use, though naturally derivable from sense 3, is probably in some instances due to confusion with suspect: as, I rather expect he doesn't intend to come.] Synonyms To anticipate, look forward to, calculate upon, rely upon. “Hope, Expect. Both express the anticipation of something future; when the anticipation is welcome, we hope; when it is less or more certain, we expect.” (Angus, Handbook of the Eng. Tongue, p. 378.) Expect, Suppose. Expect properly refers to the future; suppose may refer to the present, the past, or the future. The two words do not differ materially in the degree of certainty felt.
    • expect To wait; stay.
    • n expect Expectation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Our sun has an expected lifetime of about 11 billion years.
    • v.t Expect eks-pekt′ to wait for: to look forward to as something about to happen: to anticipate: to hope
    • n Expect (Shak.) expectation
    • n Expect one who expects: one who is looking or waiting for some benefit or office
    • n Expect an expectancy
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  • John Ruskin
    “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
  • Richard Bach
    “In order to win, you must expect to win.”
  • Preston Bradley
    Preston Bradley
    “Expect victory and you make victory.”
  • Ralph Charell
    Ralph Charell
    “Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.”
  • Richard M. DeVos
    Richard M. DeVos
    “Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Good is not good, when better is expected.”


Meet your expectations - If something doesn't meet your expectations, it means that it wasn't as good as you had thought it was going to be; a disappointment.
What can you expect from a hog but a grunt? - (USA) This means that you can't expect people to behave in a way that is not in their character- a 'hog' is a 'pig', so an unrefined person can't be expected to behave in a refined way.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expectatum, to look out for, await, expect; ex, + out spectare, to look at. See Spectacle


In literature:

That was, however, what might be expected, as the mist greatly circumscribed our view.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
What could you expect?
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Not that I'd expect the Cat to have anything else except silly stuff.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Mr Samuel Rubb, junior, came upstairs, and was by no means the sort of person in appearance that Miss Mackenzie had expected to see.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
I expect he'll jump at the chance of feeding with us.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
After this, we expected every instant to discover the Indians who had caused the alarm, as, unless they had halted, they could not be far off.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
We did not expect Maurice for a fortnight; but he writes that he will be here to-morrow.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
However, as I was only allowed to remain in till 5 a.m., it was not as bad as one might have expected.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
At last the moment so long expected arrived.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Five thousand are there now, five more expected.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson

In poetry:

No expectancy,
No orietur,
Science patiently;
Punishment is sure.
"Time Without End" by Arthur Rimbaud
A fresh young man
With shoes of tan,
Looks spick and span--
"Vitascope Pictures" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Sudden as sweet
Come the expected feet.
All joy is young, and new all art,
And He, too, Whom we have by heart.
"Unto Us A Son Is Given" by Alice Meynell
So, if in France he's all go mad,
He may expect to come;
If in his vit, he would be glad,
Better to stay at home.
"Ca N'ira Pas" by Charles Dibdin
I can't bear that trusting face!
He asks for bread, expects
bread, and I in my power
might have given him a stone.
"Biscuit" by Jane Kenyon
Have patience man! the ruffian said,
A little we may wait,
But longer shall his wife expect
Her husband at the gate.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey

In news:

What to expect at 'Vagina Monologues' on the Capitol steps: Rally expected to reinvigorate debate on women's rights.
Father's Day is this Sunday and unlike Mother's Day my husband's expectations are very low-key compared to my "high, unknown, and unachievable" expectations (as stated by Rob).
The battle for the District 23-3A lead Friday night was expected to be physical and it lived up to that expectation.
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to grow 1.6% this month versus July 2011, and modest year-over-year increases are expected through the holiday season shipping cycle.
Record ratings are expected as Ludacris drops his new single and Heidi Klum is expected to dance along with Korean star Psy who gives his first-ever awards-show performance.
No one expected Maine's US Senate race to be scintillating, but this one has fallen well below expectations.
United Technologies Corp expects "solid" earnings growth next year despite slower-than-expected economic growth in the conglomerate's major markets, Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes said Thursday.
Examining the Parent Trap in 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'.
They could also call the sport the circus of the expected, as in, fight fans expect the judges to screw things up a goodly portion of the time.
The new policy sets different reading-level expectations, with lower expectations for Hispanic and black students.
Alexion expects $1.12 billion to $1.13 billion in annual revenue in 2012, and FactSet says analysts expect $1.13 billion, on average.
Apple is expected to release a new, smaller version of the iPad next week USA Today's Jefferson Graham went to find out what potential customers expect.
The project is expected to create 52 jobs and the company expects to invest $4.4 million in the plant.
Expects Dec 10, 2012, to be the busiest shipping day in the company's history when 19 million packages are expected to move through their system.
Mike DeWalt, Caterpillar 's director of investor relations, said in a conference call that the company doesn't expect a global recession but does not expect any improvement in economic growth until the second half of 2013.

In science:

As in the spin system, we expect that the expectation value of the chiral condensate will become zero above a critical temperature.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The expectations from “memory” are different from those that we expect from “logic gates”.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
By picking xi − xi−1 to be rapidly increasing, it can be achieved that the dominant term in the expected hitting time ET0,xi will be the expected hitting time EToz in the graph Gi .
Fast graphs for the random walker
For example Knopfmacher and Prodinger found, among other things, the exact asymptotic behavior of the expected number of parts and the expected size of the largest part.
Average number of distinct part sizes in a random Carlitz composition
For example, in the part 1.1 the expected amount of sleeping particles activated during a fixed time subinterval differs from the expected size of the subrange only by a constant factor (depending only on p1 and d) when ω is m-good.
The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration