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verb (THINK)    /ɪkˈspekt/
B1 [T] to think or believe something will happen , or someone will arrive : We are expecting a lot of applicants for the job . [+ (that)] I expect (that) you'll find it somewhere in your bedroom . I expect (that) he'd have left anyway . [+ to infinitive] He didn't expect to see me. The financial performance of the business is fully expected (= almost certain ) to improve . We were half expecting you not to come back.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping (only) to be expected normal and what usually happens : All parents of small children get tired . It's to be expected.Habitual and customary Grammar:Expect, hope or wait?Grammar:ExpectWe use expect to say that we believe that something will happen. We use expect in the following main patterns:Grammar:HopeWe use hope when we do not know whether something will happen or not but we want it to happen. We use hope in the following patterns:Grammar:WaitWe use wait when we refer to letting time pass because we are expecting that something is going to happen. We use wait in the following main patterns:Grammar:Expect, hope or wait: typical errors
(Definition of expect verb (THINK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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