Definition of 'expect'
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But many expect things to get tougher this year. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The new prices are expected to take effect within the next week. The Sun (2017)As a chairman you cannot expect that things will always be rosy. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She was still with her university sweetheart and was the last person you would expect to see in an action movie. The Sun (2016) Now we expect high-street offerings delivered direct to our door. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The same conditions are expected again today in northern regions. Times, Sunday Times (2011)You have a right to expect certain things from your youngsters. Taking Drugs Seriously (1994)We regard this as a very serious breach of the standards of behaviour expected of approved persons. Times, Sunday Times (2007)What should we expect his new school to put in place to deal with his needs? Times, Sunday Times (2007)They are now expected within the next few weeks. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Other banks are expected to come under increased regulatory scrutiny in coming months. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The return of money you did not expect to see again means a lot. The Sun (2007)Yet the last thing he expected was it to be used in such a cause. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They make me into a kind of holy person and expect me to be that for them. Christianity Today (2000) New plants are expected to be built at or near existing nuclear sites. Times, Sunday Times (2008)That figure is now expected to move towards the higher end of expectations. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Somebody you did not expect to meet again reappears with plans to share. The Sun (2011)More marriages than anyone expects can bring new faces into the family circle. The Sun (2006)Most economists now expect that to happen. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It will be the prospect of witnessing something few of us expected to see again. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Expect things to get bigger and better. The Sun (2015)Economists had expected it to come in at about 3 per cent. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Dreams won't come as you expect they might. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'expect'
British English: expect /ɪkˈspɛkt/ VERB
If you expect something to happen, you believe that it will happen.
He expects to lose his job soon.
- American English: expect
- Arabic: يَتَوَقَّعُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: esperar
- Chinese: 期待
- Croatian: očekivati
- Czech: očekávat
- Danish: forvente
- Dutch: verwachten
- European Spanish: esperar expectativa
- Finnish: olettaa
- French: attendre à (‘s)
- German: erwarten
- Greek: αναμένω
- Italian: aspettarsi
- Japanese: 期待する
- Korean: 기대하다
- Norwegian: forvente
- Polish: spodziewać się
- European Portuguese: esperar
- Romanian: a aștepta
- Russian: ожидать
- Spanish: esperar
- Swedish: förvänta (sig)
- Thai: คาดว่า
- Turkish: ummak
- Ukrainian: очікувати
- Vietnamese: trông mong
Definition of expect from the Collins English Dictionary
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