Definition of "expectation" []

  • The act of expecting. (noun)
  • Eager anticipation: eyes shining with expectation. (noun)
  • The state of being expected. (noun)
  • Something expected: a result that did not live up to expectations. (noun)
  • Prospects, especially of success or gain. (noun)
  • The act or state of expecting or the state of being expected (noun)

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.

  • Something looked forward to, whether feared or hoped for (noun)
  • An attitude of expectancy or hope; anticipation (noun)
  • The numerical probability that an event will occur (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "expectation" in a sentence
  • "If people want to filibuster so they can debate, then my expectation is they should take the floor, I should tune-in C-Span, and I can hear what their gripe is."
  • "Vincent said he hopes Selig will do nothing and let the banishment stand, but my expectation is almost exactly the reverse."
  • "The word "expectation" is very widely used nowadays."