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expect

[ik-spekt] /ɪkˈspɛkt/
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
1550-1560
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
Related forms
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
Synonyms
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.
Usage note
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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Examples for expected
  • Over the past year investment has risen faster than anyone expected.
  • Researchers had expected to find the sub filled with dense sediment because the wreckage was buried in it, she said.
  • Approval expected for genetically modified salmon.
  • There's no need to stick to the expected succulents when planting a living wall.
  • The move to shake up the top ranks of the two big media companies is expected to be announced as soon as this week.
  • Developing countries have come out of the recession stronger than anyone had expected.
  • With space for lounging and for the children to play, the garden has provided more enjoyment than the couple ever expected.
  • With nominal interest rates unable to go any lower, we're effectively talking about a steady rise in expected real interest rates.
  • Cell proliferation is, of course, normal and expected at some times and places.
  • The defendants are expected to appeal, and they remain free pending further proceedings.
British Dictionary definitions for expected

expect

/ɪkˈspɛkt/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
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
See also expecting
Derived Forms
expectable, adjective
expectably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exspectāre to watch for, from spectāre to look at
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Word Origin and History for expected

expect

v.

1550s, "wait, defer action," from Latin expectare/exspectare "await, look out for, desire, hope," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + spectare "to look," frequentative of specere "to look at" (see scope (n.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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