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."

Primary Meanings of expect

1.
v
regard something as probable or likely
2.
v
consider reasonable or due
3.
v
look forward to the birth of a child
Full Definitions of expect
1

v 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
Types:
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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
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v 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
Types:
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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
2

v consider reasonable or due

“I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed”
Type of:
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be

v consider obligatory; request and expect

“I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons”
Synonyms:
ask, require
Types:
call
require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
Type of:
demand
request urgently and forcefully
3

v 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
Type of:
await, look, wait
look forward to the probable occurrence of

v 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
Type of:
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born

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