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English verb: expect

1. expect (cognition) regard something as probable or likely


SamplesThe meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow.


ExamplesThey expect to move


Synonymsanticipate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment


Narrower (hyponym)assume, believe, conjecture, guess, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, imagine, opine, presume, reckon, speculate, suppose, suppose, take for granted, theorise, theorize, think, trust


Verb groupawait, expect, look, wait

2. expect (communication) consider obligatory; request and expect


SamplesWe require our secretary to be on time.
Aren't we asking too much of these children?.
I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons.


ExamplesThey expect him to write the letter


Synonymsask, require


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)demand


Narrower (hyponym)call

3. expect (cognition) look forward to the probable occurrence of


SamplesWe were expecting a visit from our relatives.
She is looking to a promotion.
He is waiting to be drafted.


Synonymsawait, look, wait


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, expect, hang on, hold on, hold the line, look for, look forward, look to, look to


Verb groupanticipate, expect

4. expect (cognition) consider reasonable or due


SamplesI'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consider, reckon, regard, see, view

5. expect (body) look forward to the birth of a child


SamplesShe is expecting in March.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)await, expect, look, wait


Verb groupbear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven

6. expect (body) be pregnant with


SamplesShe is bearing his child.
The are expecting another child in January.
I am carrying his child.


Synonymsbear, carry, gestate, have a bun in the oven


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have


Entailconceive


Verb groupbear, birth, deliver, expect, give birth, have









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