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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of: expecting a telephone call; expects rain on Sunday.
  • transitive v. To consider likely or certain: expect to see them soon. See Usage Note at anticipate.
  • transitive v. To consider reasonable or due: We expect an apology.
  • transitive v. To consider obligatory; require: The school expects its pupils to be on time.
  • transitive v. Informal To presume; suppose.
  • intransitive v. To look forward to the birth of one's child. Used in progressive tenses: His sister is expecting in May.
  • intransitive v. To be pregnant. Used in progressive tenses: My wife is expecting again.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To wait for; to await.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Expectation.
  • transitive v. To wait for; to await.
  • transitive 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).
  • transitive v. To wait; to stay.

from The 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.
  • To wait; stay.
  • n. Expectation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Latin expectāre, alternative form of exspectō ("look out for, await, expect"), from ex ("out") + spectō ("look at"), frequentative of speciō ("see"). (Wiktionary)

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