expect

If you expect something, you think it’s going to happen. If you got up at 4 in the morning, you can expect to fall asleep earlier than usual tonight.

If you expect (or anticipate) something, you are fairly sure that it is coming, though you might not be totally certain. You might expect to graduate from a certificate program on time, barring unforeseen events that prevent you from going to class. If you say, simply, “I’m expecting,” people will assume you’re pregnant. Someone disappointed in you might shake his head and say, "I expected more from you."

Definitions of expect
  1. verb
    regard something as probable or likely
    “The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow”
    synonyms: anticipate
    await, look, wait
    look forward to the probable occurrence of
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    guess, imagine, opine, reckon, suppose, think
    expect, believe, or suppose
    assume, presume, take for granted
    take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
    conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    believe, trust
    be confident about something
    construct, reconstruct, retrace
    reassemble mentally
    presuppose, suppose
    take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
    suspect
    hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
    develop, explicate, formulate
    elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  2. verb
    look forward to the probable occurrence of
    “We were expecting a visit from our relatives”
    synonyms: await, look, wait
    anticipate
    regard something as probable or likely
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    look forward
    expect or hope for
    look to
    turn one's interests or expectations towards
    hang on, hold on, hold the line
    hold the phone line open
    anticipate, look for, look to
    be excited or anxious about
    apprehend, quail at
    anticipate with dread or anxiety
  3. verb
    consider reasonable or due
    “I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed”
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    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  4. verb
    consider obligatory; request and expect
    “I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons”
    synonyms: ask, require
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    call
    require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
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    demand
    request urgently and forcefully
  5. verb
    look forward to the birth of a child
    “She is expecting in March”
    Synonyms:
    bear, carry, gestate, have a bun in the oven
    be pregnant with
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    await, look, wait
    look forward to the probable occurrence of
  6. verb
    be pregnant with
    “The are expecting another child in January”
    synonyms: bear, carry, gestate, have a bun in the oven
    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born
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    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born
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