ex|pect [ ık`spekt ] verb transitive ***
1. ) to think that something will happen:
We're expecting good weather this weekend.
The trial is expected soon.
expect that: Investors expect that the rate of inflation will rise.
expect someone/something to do something: I didn't really expect you to understand.
We were expecting the letter to arrive by now.
as expected (=in the way you expected): As expected, the party was a great success.
when you least expect it: An accident can happen at any time, just when you least expect it.
half expect (=think that something might happen): She half expected him to be angry with her.
a ) SPOKEN used in negative sentences to tell someone not to be too hopeful about something because it is unlikely to happen:
Don't expect me to help you.
A new hairstyle will improve your appearance, but you can't expect miracles.
b ) it's (only) to be expected SPOKEN used for saying that something is completely normal:
It's only to be expected that someone would have to cancel.
c ) what do/can you expect? SPOKEN used for saying that something does not surprise you, even though it is unpleasant or makes you feel disappointed:
The food was awful, but from a school cafeteria what do you expect?
d ) what/how/when etc. do you expect...? SPOKEN used for telling someone in a slightly annoyed way that something is not possible or reasonable:
How do you expect me to guess what you're thinking?
2. ) to think that it is right or reasonable that something should happen:
Our customers expect good service.
expect to do something: I expect to get paid on time.
expect someone/something to do something: It is not fair to expect me to do all the housework.
expect something of/from someone: the level of fitness expected of a professional athlete
a ) be too much to expect SPOKEN used for saying that you think something is possible or reasonable even though someone else is unlikely to do it or refuses to do it:
I guess it's too much to expect that you'll call when you arrive.
3. ) often progressive to be waiting for someone or something to arrive:
Are you expecting a package?
I'm expecting guests this evening.
expect someone home/back/in: What time do you expect Sara home?
be expecting (a baby)
to be pregnant
used for saying that you think something is probably true:
I expect (so) (that): I expect you're hungry.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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