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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)

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.

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."