Meaning of “expectation” in the English Dictionary

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"expectation" in British English

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uk /ˌek.spekˈteɪ.ʃən/ 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 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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(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 medical school.
[ C usually pl ] Last year’s predictions fell a bit short 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 /ˌekspekˈteɪʃən/ us

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 dozen analysts.
expectation that sth The banks help 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)