To expect

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Definition

to expect (something to happen): to anticipate; to think, to believe (something will happen)
verb
I am expecting a letter from my uncle. He posted it last week so it should arrive soon.
What do you expect from me? What do you want from me? What do you require of me?

an expectation: anticipation; a hope, a desire, a belief
noun
Bruno has high expectations of his staff. He demands that they always work really hard.

expected: anticipated, desired, prospective
adjective

Examples

  • "He's expecting you at his home studio in Sausalito tomorrow at 3PM."
  • "I never expected that we'd receive so many love letters."
  • "However, despite my tastes and means, I cannot be expected to keep buying fine art out of my own pocket, and I will bring up the matter of finances at the next shareholders meeting."
  • "You don't expect the staff to sing that every morning, do you?"
  • "-I wouldn't expect more than a few sprinkles."
  • "Free-shipping and 'buy one get one free' offers are expected to increase before Christmas."
  • "On the other hand it makes me sad that I can't give you the response you might expect."
  • "We weren't expecting an inspection."
  • "Specifically, I've been thinking about your highly unrealistic expectations of making it in the music industry."

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