Meaning of “expect” in the English Dictionary

"expect" in English

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uk /ɪkˈspekt/ us /ɪkˈspekt/

expect verb (THINK)

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.
(only) to be expected

normal and what usually happens:

All parents of small children get tired. It's to be expected.

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adjective [ before noun ] uk /ɪkˈspek.tɪd/ us /ɪkˈspek.tɪd/


The expected counter-attack never happened.

(Definition of “expect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ɪkˈspekt/

to think or believe that something will happen, or that someone will arrive:

[ T ] We are expecting about 100 people for the lecture.
[ T ] His plane is expected to land at about 7:30 this evening.
[ + to infinitive ] We expected to see her here, but I guess she decided not to come.

To expect is also to ask for something to happen because you think you have a right to ask for it:

[ T ] The boss wants me to work this weekend – that’s expecting a lot!
is expecting

If you say that a woman is expecting, you mean that she is pregnant.

noun [ U ] us /ɪkˈspek·tən·si/

There was an air of expectancy as the chairman rose to speak.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɪkˈspek·tənt·li/

She looked up at him expectantly.

(Definition of “expect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I expect it to be circulated.
If, therefore, local government fails to deliver the goods, if the rule of law in a specific country is not respected, then it is simply impossible to expect economic development.
I expect much more from governments that are aware of the problem, but in that case we must also be prepared to support those governments and increase their administrative efficiency.
If consumers buy fresh carrots, they must be able to assume that these are untreated and not processed and they do not expect them to be dipped in a preservative.
Barring exceptional circumstances it is not unreasonable to expect that someone escaping from oppression would apply for sanctuary as soon as he reached a safe state.
We will expect proposals for solutions soon.
We can expect no better of him.
What do they expect of us?
I expect we will return to the discussion of the methods and the convention and how we can best broaden the debate.
Although no one particular type of transport is given special attention in this directive, we expect traffic on the roads to be relieved.

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