expect

[ik-spekt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to look forward to; regard as likely to happen; anticipate the occurrence or the coming of: I expect to read it. I expect him later. She expects that they will come.
2.
to look for with reason or justification: We expect obedience.
3.
Informal. to suppose or surmise; guess: I expect that you are tired from the trip.
4.
to anticipate the birth of (one's child): Paul and Sylvia expect their second very soon.
Idioms
5.
be expecting, to be pregnant: The cat is expecting again.

Origin:
1550–60; < Latin ex(s)pectāre to look out for, await, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + spectāre to look at, frequentative of specere; see spectacle

expectable, adjective
expectably, adverb
expectedly, adverb
expectedness, noun
expecter, noun
expectingly, adverb
overexpect, verb
preexpect, verb (used with object)
unexpectable, adjective
unexpectably, adverb
unexpecting, adjective
unexpectingly, adverb


1. Expect, anticipate, hope, await all imply looking to some future event. Expect implies confidently believing, usually for good reasons, that an event will occur: to expect a visit from a friend. Anticipate is to look forward to an event and even to picture it: Do you anticipate trouble? Hope implies a wish that an event may take place and an expectation that it will: to hope for the best. Await (wait for ) implies being alert and ready, whether for good or evil: to await news after a cyclone.


3. This sense of expect (I expect you went with them. I expect you want to leave now. ) is encountered in the speech of educated people but seldom in their writing.
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expect (ɪkˈspɛkt)
 
vb
1.  to regard as probable or likely; anticipate: he expects to win
2.  to look forward to or be waiting for: we expect good news today
3.  to decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; require: the boss expects us to work late today
 
[C16: from Latin exspectāre to watch for, from spectāre to look at]
 
ex'pectable
 
adj
 
ex'pectably
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

expect
1560s, "wait, defer action," from L. expectare "await, hope," from ex- "thoroughly" + spectare "to look," freq. of specere "to look at" (see scope (1)). Figurative sense of "anticipate, look forward to" developed in Latin, attested in English from c.1600. Used since 1817 as
a euphemism for "be pregnant." Related: Expected; expecting.
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Computing Dictionary

expect definition

language, tool
A Unix tool written in Tcl and a script language for automating the operation of interactive applications such as telnet, FTP, passwd, fsck, rlogin, tip, etc.. Expect can feed input to other programs and perform pattern matching on their output. It is also useful for testing these applications. By adding Tk, you can also wrap interactive applications in X11 GUIs.
(http://expect.nist.gov/).
["expect: Scripts for Controlling Interactive Tasks", Don Libes, Comp Sys 4(2), U Cal Press Journals, Nov 1991].
(1997-06-09)
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Idioms & Phrases

expect

see when least expected.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
Some of yesterday's transportation disruptions were expected to continue today.
Be generous with your expected return time and always stick with the plan.
Fans of intense psychological dramas can expect to be emotionally drained by
  the time they reach the last chapter.
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