EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPECTED
And were you as unhappy as you expected to be during this visit?
From what we had heard, we expected to find you in the city.
Besides, he had four quarts left, for which he expected to find a ready sale.
But think of my people, and what's expected of me—think of Mr. Shepler.
She had her duty to perform, and she expected to be taken care of till it was done.
He had not expected to see as many people as he had seen that day.
On the whole, it was not so bad as he expected; at least, there was less violence and more despair.
Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us.
But the recognition of his merit came sooner than could have been expected.
The expected conference is over: but my difficulties are increased.
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.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXPECTED
- about to happen
- almost on one
- at hand
- drawing near
- en route
- gaining upon
- getting near
- in prospect
- in store
- in the offing
- in the wind
- in view
- running after
- to be
- in established usage