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expect

verb  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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