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Meaning of “expectation” in the English Dictionary

"expectation" in British English

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expectationnoun

uk   us   /ˌek.spekˈteɪ.ʃən/
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 ​cutitsinterestrate.against/contrary to all expectations different from what is ​expected: Contrary to all expectations, she was ​accepted by the ​academy.

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

"expectation" in American English

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expectationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌek·spekˈteɪ·ʃən/
the ​feeling or ​belief that something will or should ​happen: [U] Considering his ​grades, there is little expectation of his getting into ​medicalschool. [C usually pl] Last year’s predictions ​fell a ​bitshort of expectations.
(Definition of expectation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"expectation" in Business English

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expectationnoun [C, often plural]

uk   us   /ˌekspekˈteɪʃən/
what you believe or hope will ​happen in the future: Now the expectation is just 81 ​cents a ​share, according to a ​survey of a ​dozenanalysts.expectation that sth The ​bankshelp out the ​government in the expectation that favours will be ​returned over ​time. The ​company says its ​revenue this ​year will ​fall $500,000 ​short of earlier expectations. Cost ​pressures are ​growing, and ​public and market expectations of ​inflation are ​rising. The ​group said it expected ​results for the second half to be in ​line with expectations, though there may be a ​shortfall in the first half of the ​year.
(Definition of expectation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “expectation”
in Arabic تَوقّع…
in Korean 기대…
in Portuguese expectativa…
in Catalan expectativa…
in Japanese 期待, 見込み…
in Chinese (Simplified) 期盼, 盼望, 希望…
in Turkish umut, bir şeyin olmasını bekleme/umma…
in Russian ожидание, надежда…
in Chinese (Traditional) 期盼, 盼望, 希望…
in Italian aspettativa…
in Polish oczekiwanie…
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