WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•pect /ɪkˈspɛkt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
    • 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.
  1. Informal. to suppose;
    presume:[not: be + ~-ing;  usually: I + ~;+ clause]I expect you know who I'm talking about.
  1. Idiomsbe expecting, to be pregnant:She's expecting and is due to give birth in August.

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•pect  (ik spekt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to look forward to;
    regard as likely to happen;
    anticipate the occurrence or the coming of:I expect to read it. I expect him later. She expects that they will come.
  2. to look for with reason or justification:We expect obedience.
  3. Informal Termsto suppose or surmise;
    guess:I expect that you are tired from the trip.
  4. to anticipate the birth of (one's child):Paul and Sylvia expect their second very soon.

  1. Idiomsbe expecting, to be pregnant:The cat is expecting again.
ex•pecta•ble, adj. 
ex•pecta•bly, adv. 
ex•pected•ly, adv. 
ex•pected•ness, n. 
ex•pecter, n. 
ex•pecting•ly, adv. 
  • Latin ex(s)pectāre to look out for, await, equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + spectāre to look at, frequentative of specere; see spectacle
  • 1550–60
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Expect, 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 (
      wait for) 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

expect /ɪkˈspɛkt/ vb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
  1. to regard as probable or likely; anticipate
  2. to look forward to or be waiting for
  3. to decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; require: the boss expects us to work late today

See also expectingEtymology: 16th Century: from Latin exspectāre to watch for, from spectāre to look at

exˈpectable adj

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