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Definition of "expectant" []

  • Having or marked by expectation: an expectant look; an expectant hush. (adjective)
  • Pregnant: expectant mothers. (adjective)
  • Expecting, anticipating, or hopeful (adjective)

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.

  • Having expectations, esp of possession of something or prosperity (adjective)
  • Pregnant (adjective)
  • A person who expects something (noun)
  • A candidate for office, esp for ecclesiastical preferment (noun)

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Use "expectant" in a sentence
  • "We are dealing now with "nurture," not with "nature," but we are dealing with a department of nurture which can only be understood when we realize that human beings begin their lives nine months or so before they are born, and that the first stage of their nurture is coincident with what we call expectant motherhood, whilst the second stage of their nurture, normally and properly, ought to be coincident with what we may call nursing motherhood."
  • "The expression of expectant success dropped from his face."
  • "She breathed through her mouth, her lips slightly parted, her expression expectant, patient, grown-up."