She confidently expects to win.


My parents fully expect us to get married.


They rightly expect to be obeyed.

not necessarily

I do not necessarily expect an easy answer to this question.

not really

I didn't really expect them to come.


I was half expecting to see Jim at the concert.

initially, originally

Did you honestly expect me to believe that?


You can't seriously expect me to sympathize with you.

be fair to, be natural to, be reasonable to, can, can realistically, can reasonably

We can expect to see an improvement in the weather over the next few days.

be unfair to, be unrealistic to, be unreasonable to, can hardly

It would be unreasonable to expect them to do all that work for free.

You can hardly expect to learn a foreign language in a few months.

be foolish to

It would be foolish to expect this at his age.

be naive

Was she really naive enough to expect that he had changed?

would, would normally

I would expect the factory to be working again as normal by next week.

be entitled to, have a right to

You are entitled to expect certain minimum standards of hygiene.


We expect good results from our employees.

as expected

As expected, they lost the election.

(only) to be expected

The wine list is excellent, as is to be expected from such a high-class restaurant.

This kind of tantrum is to be expected from a two-year-old.

be widely expected

The economy is widely expected to pick up in the first half of next year.

expect a lot, too much, etc. of sb

I think my parents always expected too much of me.

when you least expect sth

An accident can happen anywhere, at any time, just when you least expect it.

Expect is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑observer
Expect is used with these nouns as the object: ↑announcement, ↑answer, ↑apology, ↑arrival, ↑assistance, ↑baby, ↑backlash, ↑call, ↑child, ↑company, ↑failure, ↑favour, ↑honesty, ↑loyalty, ↑miracle, ↑news, ↑obedience, ↑perfection, ↑reception, ↑recompense, ↑recovery, ↑reply, ↑reprisal, ↑return, ↑sale, ↑snow, ↑submission, ↑summons, ↑twin, ↑upturn, ↑visitor, ↑worst

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  • Expect — Ex*pect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expecting}.] [L. expectatum, to look out for, await, expect; ex + out spectare to look at. See {Spectacle}.] 1. To wait for; to await. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Let s in, and there expect… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expect — expect, hope, look, await are comparable when they mean to have something in mind as more or less certain to happen or come about. They vary, however, so greatly in their implications and in their constructions that they are seldom… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • expect — [ek spekt′, ikspekt′] vt. [L expectare, exspectare < ex , out + spectare, to look, freq. of specere, to see: see SPECTACLE] 1. to look for as likely to occur or appear; look forward to; anticipate [I expected you sooner] 2. to look for as due …   English World dictionary

  • expect — was the object of much criticism during the 19c when it was used to mean ‘to suppose, surmise’, as in I expect you d like a drink. Fowler, however, regarded it as a natural extension of meaning and wrote (1926) that ‘it seems needless purism to… …   Modern English usage

  • expect — [v1] believe strongly; anticipate apprehend, assume, await, bargain for, bargain on, be afraid, calculate, conjecture, contemplate, count on, divine, envisage, feel, figure, forecast, foreknow, foresee, gather, hope, hope for, imagine, in the… …   New thesaurus

  • Expect — Ex*pect , v. t. To wait; to stay. [Obs.] Sandys. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Expect — Ex*pect , n. Expectation. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expect — I (anticipate) verb await, bargain for, be certain, be confident, be prepared, calculate upon, count on, expectare, have in prospect, look for, look forward to, plan on, prepare for, provide for, reckon on, sperare, wait for, watch for associated …   Law dictionary

  • expect — 1550s, wait, defer action, from L. expectare/exspectare await, look out for, desire, hope, from ex thoroughly (see EX (Cf. ex )) + spectare to look, frequentative of specere to look at (see SCOPE (Cf. scope) (1)). Figurative sense of …   Etymology dictionary

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