from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or state of expecting; expectation.
  • noun The state of being expected.
  • noun Something expected.
  • noun An expected amount calculated on the basis of actuarial data.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun expectation or anticipation; the state of expecting something
  • noun the state of being expected
  • noun something expected or awaited

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

  • noun an expectation
  • noun something expected (as on the basis of a norm)


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