expectant Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “expectant” in the English Dictionary

"expectant" in British English

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uk   us   /ɪkˈspek.tənt/

expectant adjective (THINKING)

thinking that something ​pleasant or ​exciting is going to ​happen: the children's expectant ​faces

expectant adjective (PREGNANT)

[before noun] used to refer to a woman who is ​pregnant or a man whose ​partner is ​pregnant: expectant ​mothers/​fathers/​couples
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The ​doglooked up at John expectantly.
(Definition of expectant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"expectant" in American English

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expectantadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪkˈspek·tənt/
An expectant ​mother/​father/​parent is someone whose ​child has not ​yet been ​born.
(Definition of expectant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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