Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb expect

6 senses of expect

Sense 1
expect, anticipate -- (regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow")
       => evaluate, pass judgment, 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")

Sense 2
ask, require, 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")

Sense 3
expect, look, await, wait -- (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")

Sense 4
expect -- (consider reasonable or due; "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed")
       => see, consider, reckon, view, regard -- (deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do")

Sense 5
expect -- (look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March")
       => expect, look, await, wait -- (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")

Sense 6
have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expect -- (be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child")
       => give birth, deliver, bear, birth, have -- (cause to be born; "My wife had twins yesterday!")

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