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English definition of “expect”


verb    /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    /ɪkˈspek·tən·si/ noun [U] There was an air of expectancy as the chairman rose to speak . expectantly    /ɪkˈspek·tənt·li/ adverb [not gradable] She looked up at him expectantly.
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