Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “expect”

See all translations

expect

verb uk   /ɪkˈspekt/ us  

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.
More examples

expect verb (DEMAND)

B2 [T] to think that someone should behave in a particular way or do a particular thing: I expect punctuality from my students. [+ to infinitive] Borrowers are expected to (= should) return books on time.
More examples

expect verb (BE PREGNANT)

be expecting (a baby) B2 to be pregnant: She shouldn't be lifting those boxes if she's expecting. Kate and Dom are expecting a baby.
expected
adjective [before noun] uk   /-ˈspek.tɪd/ us  
B2 The expected counter-attack never happened.
(Definition of expect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of expect?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “expect” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More