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expectverb

us   /ɪkˈspekt/
to think or believe that something will happen, or that someone will arrive: [T] We are expecting about 100 people for the lecture. [T] His plane is expected to land at about 7:30 this evening. [+ to infinitive] We expected to see her here, but I guess she decided not to come.
To expect is also to ask for something to happen because you think you have a right to ask for it: [T] The boss wants me to work this weekend – that’s expecting a lot!
is expecting
If you say that a woman is expecting, you mean that she is pregnant.
expectancy
noun [U] us   /ɪkˈspek·tən·si/
There was an air of expectancy as the chairman rose to speak.
expectantly
adverb [not gradable] us   /ɪkˈspek·tənt·li/
She looked up at him expectantly.
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expectverb

uk   /ɪkˈspekt/ us   /ɪkˈspekt/
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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expected
adjective [before noun] uk   /ɪkˈspek.tɪd/ us   /ɪkˈspek.tɪd/
B2 The expected counter-attack never happened.
(Definition of expect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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