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. Shannon Slutman:

    He just did the right thing, he didnt expect anybody to put him up on a pedestal, [or] to put it on Facebook.

  2. Clare Nullis:

    We do expect it will weaken before it makes landfall. It will probably be more on the lines of Category 1. But even so there will be very high gale force winds in an area that is just not used to seeing this, the winds are a threat but we expect the biggest impact will be from the very, very, very serious rainfall. I've seen some reports that the area might get the equivalent of more than a year's worth of rainfall in a couple of days.

  3. Chief Executive Herna Verhagen:

    This growth is the main driver for the improved performance, we expect Parcels to continue its growth and strengthen its market position.

  4. Michael Levesque:

    Generic drugs are essentially commodity products chosen on cost and as the purchasers consolidate and exert their leverage we would expect downward pressure.

  5. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov:

    Our main export commodity, as we have already discussed, fell in price by four times, one can hardly expect prices to fall four times further compared to today's level.

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