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

  • adj. Having or marked by expectation: an expectant look; an expectant hush.
  • adj. Pregnant: expectant mothers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. marked by expectation
  • adj. pregnant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Waiting in expectation; looking for.
  • n. One who waits in expectation; one held in dependence by hope of receiving some good.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having expectation; expecting.
  • Looking forward with confidence; assured that a certain future event will occur.
  • In medicine, relating to or employed in the expectant method: as, an expectant medicine.
  • n. One who expects; one who waits in expectation; one held in dependence by his belief or hope of receiving some good.
  • n. In Scotland, a candidate for the ministry who has not yet received a license to preach.

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

  • adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy
  • adj. marked by eager anticipation


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