What does expect mean?

Definitions for expect
ɪkˈspɛktex·pect

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word expect.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. expect, anticipate(verb)

    regard something as probable or likely

    "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"

  2. ask, require, expect(verb)

    consider obligatory; request and expect

    "We require our secretary to be on time"; "Aren't we asking too much of these children?"; "I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons"

  3. expect, look, await, wait(verb)

    look forward to the probable occurrence of

    "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted"

  4. expect(verb)

    consider reasonable or due

    "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"

  5. expect(verb)

    look forward to the birth of a child

    "She is expecting in March"

  6. have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expect(verb)

    be pregnant with

    "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"

Wiktionary

  1. expect(Verb)

    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).

  2. expect(Verb)

    To consider obligatory or required.

  3. expect(Verb)

    To consider reasonably due.

    You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week.

  4. expect(Verb)

    to be pregnant, to consider a baby due

  5. expect(Verb)

    To wait for; to await.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expect(verb)

    to wait for; to await

  2. Expect(verb)

    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); as, I expect to receive wages; I expect that the troops will be defeated

  3. Expect(verb)

    to wait; to stay

  4. Expect(noun)

    expectation

Freebase

  1. Expect

    Expect, an extension to the Tcl scripting language written by Don Libes, is a program to automate interactions with programs that expose a text terminal interface. Expect is available for Unix, Microsoft Windows, and other systems. It is used to automate control of interactive applications such as telnet, ftp, passwd, fsck, rlogin, tip, ssh, and others. Expect uses pseudo terminals or emulates a console, starts the target program, and then communicates with it, just as a human would, via the terminal or console interface. Tk, another Tcl extension, can be used to provide a GUI.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Expect

    eks-pekt′, v.t. to wait for: to look forward to as something about to happen: to anticipate: to hope.—n. (Shak.) expectation.—ns. Expect′ance, Expect′ancy, act or state of expecting: that which is expected: hope.—adj. Expect′ant, looking or waiting for.—n. one who expects: one who is looking or waiting for some benefit or office.—adv. Expect′antly.—ns. Expectā′tion, act or state of expecting: prospect of future good: that which is expected: the ground or qualities for anticipating future benefits or excellence: promise: the value of something expected: (pl.) prospect of fortune or profit by a will; Expectā′tion-week, the period between Ascension Day and Whitsunday—during this time the Apostles continued praying in expectation of the Comforter.—adj. Expect′ative, giving rise to expectation: reversionary.—n. an expectancy.—n. Expect′er (Shak.), one who waits for a person or thing.—adv. Expect′ingly, in a state of expectation. [L. exspectāre, -ātumex, out, spectāre, to look, freq. of specĕre, to see.]

Editors Contribution

  1. expect

    To know what is ethically and morally just is easily achieved in order of priority and succeeds easily, efficiently and effectively.

    The people expect their government to be just, fair, responsible, respectful and working in unity to achieve for the optimum health, unity, human rights, animal rights, right to life and shared prosperity of all people.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1022

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #693

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expect' in Verbs Frequency: #73

How to pronounce expect?

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How to say expect in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expect in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of expect in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    If you've not been dreaming/thinking big all these while. You've got to start dreaming/thinking big in order to become big eventually. For, high perception/imagination/anticipation/expectation precedes high success/achievement/attainment. I mean, you can/will achieve whatever you can perceive/imagine/anticipate/expect. Besides that, anybody who longs/aspires to emerge/become a millionaier/billionaier someday must/have to think/speak/act like a millionaier/billionaier.

  2. Babatunde Fashola:

    What we expect to do is to liquidate verifiable and agreed debts that have accrued, approve a market tariff and hold the discos (distribution companies) to a more efficient and fair collection system based on the use of meters.

  3. Charles Krauthammer:

    This is a way to win a battle with Congress, and they knew that this was not something you’re supposed to do. That’s why there was no paper trail or request, that is, I think, a violation of the power of the executive, fearing with legitimate activities and interactions of the Congress and also of pro-advocates who would and should expect with the private communications on behalf of political advocacy is something that the government ought not listen to, listen in on and abuse and that was done.

  4. Mark Stys:

    ISIS was selling oil around $40 a barrel or maybe a little less [and] with the drop in price to about 60 when oil was previously trading around $85 dollars a barrel, we would still expect them to be trading at a deep discount.

  5. Craig Garthwaite:

    This frees schools, particularly those in low-income communities, to offer more primary care and preventative service through their health centers, schools will have to look at their budget and see if they will get reimbursed for services. It’s not like this is a costless thing for districts, because Medicaid reimbursement rates are not particularly high. We shouldn’t expect all states and schools to react similarly.

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