part of speech: verb
inflections: expects, expecting, expected
definition 1: to hope for or look forward to.
- They expected a letter from their son to arrive soon.
synonyms: anticipate, await, hope for
definition 2: to know in advance or believe certain or likely to happen.
- They expected the enemy’s attack, and they were ready to defend themselves.
synonyms: anticipate, foresee
definition 3: to require (someone) to do something, or believe that someone will do something that is wanted.
- The father expected his son to continue the family business.
- Good behavior is expected of students at this school.
definition 4: to consider fitting or proper in a particular situation.
- We expect an apology from you right now.
- We expected a clean room at the hotel.
- You’re expected to take off your hat when you enter.
definition 5: (informal) to guess or suppose.
- I expect you’re tired after your run.
synonyms: guess, presume, reckon, suppose