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Synonyms for expect
ɪkˈspɛktex·pect

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Wiktionary

  1. expectverb

    Synonyms:
    anticipate, await, hope, look for

  2. expectverb

    To look for (mentally); to look forward to, as to something that is believed to be about to happen or come; to have a previous apprehension of, whether of good or evil; to look for with some confidence; to anticipate; -- often followed by an infinitive, sometimes by a clause (with, or without, that).

    Synonyms:
    hope, await, look for, anticipate

  3. expectverb

    To consider obligatory or required.

    Synonyms:
    await, anticipate, hope, look for

  4. expectverb

    To consider reasonably due.

    You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week.

    Synonyms:
    hope, await, look for, anticipate

  5. expectverb

    to be pregnant, to consider a baby due

    Synonyms:
    hope, look for, await, anticipate

  6. expectverb

    To wait for; to await.

    Synonyms:
    hope, look for, anticipate, await

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. expect

    To abide is to remain continuously without limit of time unless expressed by the context: "to-day I must abide at thy house," Luke xix, 5; "a settled place for thee to abide in forever," 1 Kings viii, 13; "Abide with me! fast falls the eventide," Lyte Hymn. Lodge, sojourn, stay, tarry, and wait always imply a limited time; lodge, to pass the night; sojourn, to remain temporarily; live, dwell, reside, to have a permanent home. Stop, in the sense of stay or sojourn, is colloquial, and not in approved use. Compare ENDURE; REST.

    Synonyms:
    abide, anticipate, await, bear, bide, confront, continue, dwell, endure, inhabit, live, lodge, remain, reside, rest, sojourn, stay, stop, tarry, tolerate, wait, watch

    Antonyms:
    abandon, avoid, depart, forfeit, forfend, journey, migrate, move, proceed, reject, resist, shun

    Preposition:
    Abide in a place, for a time, with a person, by a statement.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. expect

    Synonyms:
    anticipate, await, forecast, forebode, wait for, rely on, look for, foresee

    Antonyms:
    welcome, hail, recognize, greet, realize

Princeton's WordNet

  1. expect, anticipateverb

    regard something as probable or likely

    "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"

    Synonyms:
    predict, await, counter, foreknow, previse, look for, forestall, look, gestate, wait, require, anticipate, call, prognosticate, look to, have a bun in the oven, foresee, carry, ask, foretell, forebode, bear, promise

  2. ask, require, expectverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    await, call for, demand, enquire, inquire, need, look, involve, wait, want, require, have a bun in the oven, necessitate, postulate, anticipate, gestate, take, carry, ask, command, bear

  3. expect, look, await, waitverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    count, await, search, appear, depend, hold back, seem, carry, hold off, front, reckon, look, gestate, wait, bet, attend, require, anticipate, waitress, take care, have a bun in the oven, face, ask, calculate, bear, see

  4. expectverb

    consider reasonable or due

    "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"

    Synonyms:
    require, gestate, look, wait, ask, carry, anticipate, have a bun in the oven, await, bear

  5. expectverb

    look forward to the birth of a child

    "She is expecting in March"

    Synonyms:
    require, gestate, look, wait, ask, carry, anticipate, have a bun in the oven, await, bear

  6. have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expectverb

    be pregnant with

    "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"

    Synonyms:
    digest, abide, express, comport, tolerate, conceptualize, look, pack, have a bun in the oven, support, impart, require, behave, await, extend, run, sway, endure, put up, take, stick out, deport, assume, pay, ask, take over, dribble, channel, carry, transport, stomach, birth, stock, hold, transmit, conceptualise, have, deliver, acquit, brook, yield, turn out, convey, persuade, post, conduct, suffer, contain, stand, accept, gestate, wait, wear, stockpile, conceive, anticipate, give birth, bear

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. expectverb

    Synonyms:
    await, wait for

  2. expectverb

    Synonyms:
    anticipate, look for, look forward to, count upon, reckon upon, calculate upon, rely upon

  3. expectverb

    Synonyms:
    HOPE, hope for

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. expectverb

    Synonyms:
    anticipate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "expect":

    wait, await, hope, anticipate, expects, look

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How to use expect in a sentence?

  1. Lewis Hamilton:

    There was plenty going through my head after China, as you'd expect. But, after all these years, experience has taught me to stay calm and keep pushing forwards when I get knocked back.

  2. Vikrant Parsai:

    Your life can get better if you realize it is better never to expect anything from anyone, not even from God.

  3. Varshini Prakash:

    Young people handed Senate Democrats everything they needed in 2020 : a governing majority and a popular mandate. If they fail to deliver their agenda, then they will be the reason young people disengage from politics forever, we expect a return on our investment and for politicians to deliver on their elected promises.

  4. Anna Afanasieva:

    We obviously didn’t expect anything like that. I thought it might get a little bit busier than usual, but then suddenly, we get to the shop on Friday and there’s a line outside the door — around the whole block, basically.

  5. Bill Djernes:

    So many people didn't expect this to happen and even then once it started you thought, 'Oh no, no, no this isn't real,' you know, you either had to run or die, so we ran.


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