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ex·pect

expect

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: expected, expecting, expects
definition 1: to hope for or look forward to with some reason to believe in fulfillment.
She's excited because she's expecting a package from her sister.He's expecting a good grade on this paper because he worked very hard on it.
synonyms:
anticipate, await, hope for, reckon on
antonyms:
doubt
similar words:
bank on, bargain for, calculate upon, contemplate, count on, foresee, look for, predict, think, trust, wait for, watch for
definition 2: to know or feel sure of in advance; believe certain or likely to happen.
I expected that you would say something like that, so I came prepared.After that embarrassing incident, the president's resignation was expected.I expected to find him at home at that hour.
synonyms:
anticipate, foresee, predict
definition 3: to consider as one's due or as fitting or proper in a particular situation.
We expect a full explanation from you.One expects quiet in a library.Men were expected to take off their hats in the presence of a lady.
definition 4: to consider (someone) under obligation to do something, or to consider (something) obligatory; require.
They expect their children to carry on the family traditions.How can the professor expect us to finish this by Friday?The rules are expected to be observed at all times.Good behavior is expected of students at this school.I expect that you will keep your room clean and pay your rent on time.
definition 5: (informal) to guess or suppose.
I expect that you're tired after all that exercise.
synonyms:
guess, presume, reckon, suppose
similar words:
suspect
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be pregnant.
I didn't know she was expecting, did you?
similar words:
gestate
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