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These verbs relate to the idea of looking ahead to something in the future. To expect is to look forward to the likely occurrence or appearance of someone or something: "We should not expect something for nothing—but we all do and call it Hope" (Edgar W. Howe).
Anticipate sometimes refers to taking advance action, as to forestall or prevent the occurrence of something expected or to meet a wish or request before it is articulated: anticipated the storm and locked the shutters. The term can also refer to having a foretaste of something expected: The police are anticipating trouble with rowdy fans after the game. To hope is to look forward with desire and usually with a measure of confidence in the likelihood of gaining what is desired: I hope to see you soon. To await is to wait expectantly and with certainty: She is eagerly awaiting your letter.
If you expect that something will happen, you believe that it will happen.
You can sometimes use a to-infinitive after expect instead of a that-clause. For example, instead of saying 'I expect Johnson will come to the meeting', you can say 'I expect Johnson to come to the meeting'. However, the meaning is not quite the same. If you say 'I expect Johnson will come to the meeting', you are simply saying that you think he will come. If you say 'I expect Johnson to come to the meeting', you are showing that you want Johnson to come to the meeting and that you will be annoyed or disappointed if he does not come.
Instead of saying you 'expect something will not' happen, you usually say you do not expect it will happen or do not expect it to happen.
If you expect something is true, you think it is probably true.
Instead of saying you 'expect something is not' true, you usually say you do not expect it is true.
If someone asks if something is true, you can say I expect so.
Don't say 'I expect it'.
If you are expecting someone or something, you believe that they are going to arrive or happen.
When expect is used like this, don't use a preposition after it.
Don't confuse expect with wait for. If you are waiting for someone or something, you are remaining in the same place or delaying doing something until they arrive or happen.
When you look forward to something that is going to happen, you feel happy because you think you will enjoy it.
Past participle: expected
|Verb||1.||expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"|
guess, reckon, suppose, think, imagine, opine - expect, believe, or suppose; "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel"; "I thought to find her in a bad state"; "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen"; "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"
assume, presume, take for granted - take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; "I assume his train was late"
hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, conjecture, theorise, theorize, hypothecate, suppose - to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
await, expect, wait, look - look forward to the probable occurrence of; "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted"
|2.||expect - consider obligatory; request and expect; "We 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"|
demand - request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager"
call - require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; "Call a bond"
|3.||expect - look forward to the probable occurrence of; "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted"|
expect - look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
look forward - expect or hope for; "I look to hear from you soon"
look to - turn one's interests or expectations towards; "look to the future"; "this method looks to significant wavings"
hold the line, hang on, hold on - hold the phone line open; "Please hang on while I get your folder"
|4.||expect - consider reasonable or due; "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"|
|5.||expect - look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"|
have a bun in the oven, gestate, expect, bear, carry - be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"
|6.||expect - be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"|
expect - look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"
I did not know what to expect → yo no sabía qué esperar
it's not what I expected → no es lo que yo esperaba
you know what to expect → ya sabes a qué atenerte
we'll expect you for supper → te esperamos a cenar
is he expecting you? → ¿tiene usted cita con él?
it's easier than I expected → es más fácil de lo que esperaba
to expect to do sth → esperar hacer algo
they expect to arrive tomorrow → esperan llegar mañana
I expect him to arrive soon → creo que llegará pronto
it is expected that → se espera que + subjun, se prevé que
we expect great things of him → tenemos depositadas grandes esperanzas en él
I expected as much; just what I expected → ya me lo imaginaba or figuraba
that was (only) to be expected → eso era de esperar
as was to be expected; as might have been expected; as one might expect → como era de esperar
when least expected → el día menos pensado
expect me when you see me → no cuentes conmigo
I expect so → supongo que sí, a lo mejor
yes, I expect it is → así tenía que ser
I expect it was John → me imagino que fue John
I expect she's there by now → me imagino que ya habrá llegado
I expect he'll be late → seguro que llega tarde
I think you're expecting too much of me → creo que esperas demasiado de mí
to expect sb to do sth → esperar que algn haga algo
I expect you to be punctual → cuento con que serás puntual
how can you expect me to sympathize? → ¿y me pides compasión?
you can't expect too much from him → no debes esperar demasiado de él
she can't be expected to know that → no se puede esperar or pretender que sepa eso
what do you expect me to do about it? → ¿qué pretendes que haga yo?
it is hardly to be expected that → apenas cabe esperar que + subjun
I was expecting the worst → Je m'attendais au pire.
to expect (that) → s'attendre à ce que + subj
I expect it will rain → Je m'attends à ce qu'il pleuve.
to expect to do sth → s'attendre à faire qch
to expect sb to do sth → s'attendre à ce que qn fasse qch
to expect sth to happen → s'attendre à ce que qch arrive
as expected → comme prévu
to expect to have sth → demander à avoir qch
to expect sb to do sth → demander à qn de faire qch, exiger que qn fasse qch
We expect you to arrive on time → Nous vous demandons d'arriver à l'heure.
to expect (that) → supposer que
I expect it's a mistake → Je suppose qu'il s'agit d'une erreur.
I expect so → je crois que oui, je crois bien
to be expecting → être enceinte
it's easier than I expected → è più facile del previsto
to expect to do sth → pensare or contare di fare qc
I expected as much → me l'aspettavo
we'll expect you for supper → ti aspettiamo per cena
that was (only) to be expected → non potevamo che aspettarcelo
I did not know what to expect → non sapevo che cosa aspettarmi
as expected → come previsto
I'll expect you when I see you (fam) → ci vediamo quando ci vediamo
to expect sb to do sth → pretendere or esigere che qn faccia qc
I expect you to be punctual → esigo che tu sia puntuale
you can't expect too much from him → non puoi pretendere troppo da lui
what do you expect me to do about it? → cosa vuoi che ci faccia?