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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPECT

And can you expect the youth of Athens to be wiser than their gods?

Now tell me just what you expect a woman in my position to do.

I am, in other words, an investment from which they expect large returns.

Now the folks out in this part of the country have come to expect it from a man like him.

You will, however, expect me to say something of our latest enterprise.

He is one of the few foreigners who expect a rational answer.

Can we expect that this will be suddenly and permanently altered?

We have a just right to expect that our European policy will be the American policy of European courts.

So expect not any advocateship from me: I will not plead for you; and that's enough.

He had need to expect some good with you, that has so little good to hope for from you; mind that.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "wait, defer action," from Latin expectare/exspectare "await, look out for, desire, hope," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + spectare "to look," frequentative of specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)).

Figurative sense of "anticipate, look forward to" developed in Latin, attested in English from c.1600. Used since 1817 as a euphemism for "be pregnant." Related: Expected; expecting.

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