Definition for expect

verb as in want, wish

Strongest matches

call for, demand, require

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Example Sentences

Lawmakers are expected to be in Washington until the start of October, after which they are scheduled to return to their home districts for the last weeks of the campaign season.

She is expected to continue in her role next year, if Democrats retain control the House.

Biden’s team is going after a population that is generally more averse to in-person interactions and more of his supporters are expected to cast ballots over the next month, either by mail or through early voting.

Even in states that haven’t made absentee voting easier, the number of ballot requests is still expected to spike.

Redfield told the panel he expected a vaccine to start being available in November or December.

The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.

Plus, expect outside players to take actions related to the conflict.

The relationships, and motivations of their chief participants, are as tangled and shady as you expect of the super-rich.

You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.

The name that most Republicans seem both to expect and dread to consider running is Vito Fossella.

You speak with about as little reflection as we might expect from one of those children down there playing in the sand.

Why expect that extraordinary virtues should be in one person united, when one virtue makes a man extraordinary?

Or, if I escaped these dangers for a day or two, what could I expect but a miserable death of cold and hunger?

He wrote a letter to Sir Hugh Wheeler warning the gallant old general that he might expect to be attacked forthwith.

I did not find the Aristocracy so remarkable for physical perfection and beauty as I had been taught to expect.


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The verb expect implies confidently believing, usually for good reasons, that an event will occur: to expect a visit from a friend. To anticipate is to look forward to an event and even to picture it: Do you anticipate trouble? Hope implies a wish that an event may take place and an expectation that it will: to hope for the best. Await (wait for) implies being alert and ready, whether for good or evil: to await news after a cyclone.

On this page you'll find 107 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to expect, such as: await, forecast, foresee, hope, predict, and suppose.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.