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expectation

noun uk   /ˌek.spekˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
B2 [C usually plural] the feeling that good things are going to happen in the future: The holiday lived up to all our expectations (= was as good as we were expecting). I have high expectations for this job (= I believe it will be good). We did so well - beyond all (= better than) our expectations. I think she had unrealistic expectations of motherhood. [C or U] the feeling of expecting something to happen: Considering the injuries he's had there can be little expectation of him winning the race. Our expectations are that the UK will cut its interest rate. against/contrary to all expectations different from what is expected: Contrary to all expectations, she was accepted by the academy.
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