W1S1 [ıkˈspekt] v [T]
1¦(think something will happen)¦
3¦(think somebody/something will arrive)¦
5 be expecting (a baby)
6 what can/do you expect?
7 how do/can you expect ...?
8 I expect
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: exspectare 'to look forward to', from spectare 'to look at']
to think that something will happen because it seems likely or has been planned
expect to do sth
I expect to be back within a week.
The company expects to complete work in April.
expect sb/sth to do sth
Emergency repairs were expected to take three weeks.
I didn't expect him to stay so long.
expect (that)
There's the doorbell - I expect it'll be my mother.
He will be hard to beat. I fully expect (=am completely sure about) that and I'm ready.
'Who are you?' he murmured, only half expecting (=thinking it was possible, but not likely) her to answer.
He didn't get his expected pay rise.
as expected
(=in the way that was planned or thought likely to happen)
As expected, the whole family was shocked by the news.
sth is (only) to be expected
(=used to say that you are not surprised by something, especially something unpleasant)
A little nervousness is only to be expected when you are starting a new job.
2.) ¦(DEMAND)¦
to demand that someone does something because it is a duty or seems reasonable
expect sth from sb
The officer expects complete obedience from his troops.
expect sb to do sth
I can't expect her to be on time if I'm late myself.
expect a lot of sb/expect too much of sb
(=think someone can do more than may be possible)
The school expects a lot of its students.
to believe that someone or something is going to arrive
We're expecting Alison home any minute now.
Snow is expected by the weekend.
an expected crowd of 80,000 people
4.) ¦(THINK)¦
to think that you will find that someone or something has a particular quality or does a particular thing
I expected her to be taller than me, not shorter.
5.) be expecting (a baby)
if a woman is expecting, she is going to have a baby
6.) what can/do you expect?
spoken used to say that you are not surprised by something unpleasant or disappointing
The train was delayed, but what do you expect?
7.) how do/can you expect ...?
spoken used to say that it is unreasonable to think that something will happen or be true
If I can't help her, how can you expect to?
8.) I expect
BrE spoken used to introduce or agree with a statement that you think is probably true
I expect you're right.
'Do you think they're going to attack?' ' I expect so .'
HINT sense 3
Expect or wait for ? See also: wait1

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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