- To look for (mentally); to look forward to, as to something that is believed to be about to happen or come; to have a previous apprehension of, whether of good or evil; to look for with some confidence; to anticipate; -- often followed by an infinitive, sometimes by a clause (with, or without, that); as I expect to receive wages; I expect that the troops will be defeated.
- Good: I will expect you. Shakespeare
- Expecting thy reply. Shakespeare
- The Somersetshire or yellow regiment ... was expected to arrive on the following day. Macaulay.
- to consider obligatory or required;
- to consider reasonably due;
- You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week.
- (obsolete) To wait for; to await.
- Let's in, and there expect their coming. Shakespeare
Etymology: Latin expectatum (to look out for, await, expect), exLatin, ex (out) + spectare (to look at). Confer spectacle.
- German: erwarten (1,2,3)
- French: attendre
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