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definition of the word expect

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Latin expectatum (to look out for, await, expect), ex (out) + spectare (to look at). Confer spectacle.

Infinitive
to expect

Third person singular
expects

Simple past
expected

Past participle
expected

Present participle
expecting

to expect (third-person singular simple present expects, present participle expecting, simple past and past participle expected)

  1. 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.
  2. to consider obligatory or required;
  3. to consider reasonably due;
    You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week.
  4. (obsolete) To wait for; to await.


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