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expectation

noun
 
 
/ˌekspekˈteɪʃən/
EXPECTING SOMETHING GOOD [C] B2 the feeling that good things are going to happen in the future: [usually plural] The holiday lived up to all our expectations (= was as good as we expected). My parents had high expectations for me (= expected me to be successful).Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trappingExcitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm
EXPECTING SOMETHING [C, U] the feeling of expecting something to happen: He had gone away and there was no expectation of his return.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
Translations of “expectation”
in Korean 기대…
in Arabic تَوقّع…
in Portuguese expectativa…
in Catalan expectativa…
in Japanese 期待, 見込み…
in Italian aspettativa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 期盼, 盼望, 希望…
in Russian ожидание, надежда…
in Turkish umut, bir şeyin olmasını bekleme/umma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 期盼, 盼望, 希望…
in Polish oczekiwanie…
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