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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


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


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

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