American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of: expecting a telephone call; expects rain on Sunday.
- v. To consider likely or certain: expect to see them soon. See Usage Note at anticipate.
- v. To consider reasonable or due: We expect an apology.
- v. To consider obligatory; require: The school expects its pupils to be on time.
- v. Informal To presume; suppose.
- v. To look forward to the birth of one's child. Used in progressive tenses: His sister is expecting in May.
- v. To be pregnant. Used in progressive tenses: My wife is expecting again.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To look for; wait for; await.
- To look for with anticipation; believe in the occurrence or the coming of; await as likely to happen or to appear.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To wait; stay.
- n. Expectation.
- v. 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).
- v. To consider obligatory or required.
- v. To consider reasonably due.
- v. to be pregnant, to consider a baby due
- v. obsolete To wait for; to await.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To wait for; to await.
- v. 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,
- v. obsolete To wait; to stay.
- n. obsolete Expectation.
- v. be pregnant with
- v. regard something as probable or likely
- v. consider reasonable or due
- v. look forward to the birth of a child
- v. look forward to the probable occurrence of
- v. consider obligatory; request and expect
- From Latin expectāre, alternative form of exspectō ("look out for, await, expect"), from ex ("out") + spectō ("look at"), frequentative of speciō ("see"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin exspectāre : ex-, ex- + spectāre, to look at, frequentative of specere, to see; see spek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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