What does expectation mean?

Definitions for expectation
ˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃənex·pec·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expectation, outlook, prospectnoun

    belief about (or mental picture of) the future

  2. anticipation, expectationnoun

    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment

  3. expectationnoun

    the feeling that something is about to happen

  4. arithmetic mean, first moment, expectation, expected valuenoun

    the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values


  1. expectationnoun

    The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.

  2. expectationnoun

    That which is expected or looked for.

  3. expectationnoun

    The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to occur; prospect of anything good to come, especially of property or rank.

  4. expectationnoun

    The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event.

  5. expectationnoun

    The first moment; the long-run average value of a variable over many independent repetitions of an experiment.

  6. expectationnoun

    the arithmetic mean

  7. expectationnoun

    The leaving of a disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.

  8. Etymology: From expectationem, from expectare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Expectationnoun

    Etymology: exspectatio, Latin.

    The trees
    Should have borne men, and expectation fainted,
    Longing for what it had not. William Shakespeare, Anth. and Cleopatra.

    The rest,
    That are within the note of expectation,
    Already are i’ th’ court. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Live in a constant and serious expectation of that day, when we must appear before the Judge of heaven and earth. John Rogers.

    My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. Ps. lxii. 5.

    Now clear I understand,
    What oft my steadiest thoughts have search’d in vain,
    Why our great expectation should be call’d
    The seed of woman. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    How fit it will be for you, born so great a prince, and of so rare not only expectation but proof, to divert your thoughts from the way of goodness. Philip Sidney.

    You first came home
    From travel with such hopes as made you look’d on,
    By all men’s eyes, a youth of expectation;
    Pleas’d with your growing virtue, I receiv’d you. Thomas Otway.


  1. Expectation

    Expectation is a song by Tame Impala, released as a single in 2010. It was recorded during the sessions for the Innerspeaker album in 2009, and released as the third single from that album. The single features artwork from Australian artist Leif Podhajsky, who also created the artwork for Innerspeaker and the follow-up Lonerism.


  1. expectation

    Expectation refers to a belief or anticipation regarding an outcome or an event in the future. It is typically based on past experiences, knowledge, or assumptions and involves predicting or foreseeing what is likely to happen. Expectations can vary from person to person and can influence emotions, behaviors, and decision-making. They can also shape individual perspectives and serve as a mental framework for interpreting and evaluating situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expectationnoun

    the act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen

  2. Expectationnoun

    that which is expected or looked for

  3. Expectationnoun

    the prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good to come, esp. of property or rank

  4. Expectationnoun

    the value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event. Expectations are computed for or against the occurrence of the event

  5. Expectationnoun

    the leaving of the disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure


  1. Expectation

    In the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. If something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise. An expectation about the behavior or performance of another person, expressed to that person, may have the nature of a strong request, or an order.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. expectation

    1. An optimistic feeling about an event that will never occur. 2. The secret of the persecution of the Jews, Christians and Mohammedans by one another. 3. The Goddess of Love. Synonyms: Tomorrow, next week, next year, next century, pretty soon--any imaginary space of time after the present moment.

Editors Contribution

  1. expectation

    The act of to expect.

    There is a real expectation that unity government is easily achieved and it is what the country needs and knows is necessary and vital for every person.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expectation' in Nouns Frequency: #996

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expectation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expectation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of expectation in a Sentence

  1. Wei Li:

    The oil price further corrected on greater inventory builds, the expectation of incremental Iranian production coming to the market, and dollar strength, speculative investors may have come in at these levels to try to find the bottom.

  2. Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly:

    Any memorandum of understanding is just an initial demonstration of interest but when you start to negotiate the details you definitely have the possibility of not reaching the expectation of any one of the partners and this is what has happened.

  3. Shannah Compton Game:

    It can be a hard conversation to start, but it's easier than having an expectation that isn't fulfilled.

  4. Administrator Neffenger:

    If you're walking around in an airport environment and you carry an access badge, there's an expectation that, at some point during any given work day, you're going to get stopped and checked – somebody's going to check your badge, somebody's going to check the things that you're carrying, they may even do a pat down, they're going to verify that you are the person that you say you are and that you're not doing anything you shouldn't be doing.

  5. Phil Flynn:

    The ship channel opening allows crude to get to refineries and the expectation is that with margins strong, refiners will produce as much as they can.

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