to anticipate the occurrence or the coming of:We are expecting fifty guests.
[not: be + ~-ing] to believe or think: [~ + (that) clause]We expect that fifty guests will come.[~ + object + to + verb]We expect fifty guests to come to the party.[~ + to + verb]I expect to get there on time.
Informal. to suppose; guess; presume:[not: be + ~-ing; usually: I + ~;~ + clause]I expect you know who I'm talking about.
Idiomsbe expecting, to be pregnant:She's expecting and is due to give birth in August.
Latin ex(s)pectāre to look out for, await, equivalent. to ex-ex-1 + spectāre to look at, frequentative of specere; see spectacle
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedExpect,anticipate,hope,await all imply looking to some future event. Expect implies confidently believing, usually for good reasons, that an event will occur:to expect a visit from a friend.Anticipate is to look forward to an event and even to picture it:Do you anticipate trouble?Hope implies a wish that an event may take place and an expectation that it will:to hope for the best.Await (waitfor) implies being alert and ready, whether for good or evil:to await news after a cyclone.
3. This sense of expect (I expect you went with them. I expect you want to leave now.) is encountered in the speech of educated people but seldom in their writing.