Definition of "expect" []

  • To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of: expecting a telephone call; expects rain on Sunday. (verb-transitive)
  • To consider likely or certain: expect to see them soon. See Usage Note at anticipate. (verb-transitive)
  • To consider reasonable or due: We expect an apology. (verb-transitive)
  • To consider obligatory; require: The school expects its pupils to be on time. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To presume; suppose. (verb-transitive)
  • To regard as probable or likely; anticipate (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To look forward to or be waiting for (verb)
  • To decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; require (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "expect" in a sentence
  • "I'm still too young to know the word expect has that letter in it."
  • "In fact, I don't even know what letters of the alphabet are needed to make the word expect, and I don't really care because I'm not supposed to learn that word and lots of others like it until I'm nice and ready or a teacher makes me."
  • "I'll tell you my expectation for stock market returns, but first I want to spell out what the word "expect" means."