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!")

Antonyms of adj expected

1 sense of expected

Sense 1
expected (vs. unexpected) -- (considered likely or probable to happen or arrive; "prepared for the expected attack")

unexpected (vs. expected) -- (not expected or anticipated; "unexpected guests"; "unexpected news")
        => unannounced, unheralded, unpredicted -- (without warning or announcement; "they arrived unannounced"; "a totally unheralded telegram that his daughter...died last night"- M.A.D.Howe)
        => unanticipated, unforeseen, unlooked-for, out of the blue (predicate) -- (not anticipated; "unanticipated and disconcerting lines of development"- H.W.Glidden; "unforeseen circumstances"; "a virtue unlooked-for in people so full of energy"; "like a bolt out of the blue")
        => unhoped, unhoped-for, unthought, unthought-of -- (so unexpected as to have not been imagined; "an unhoped-for piece of luck"; "an unthought advantage"; "an unthought-of place to find the key")
        => unprovided for (predicate) -- (not prepared or ready for)
        => upset (prenominal) -- (used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win; "the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers")

Similarity of adj expected

1 sense of expected

Sense 1
expected (vs. unexpected) -- (considered likely or probable to happen or arrive; "prepared for the expected attack")
       => anticipated, awaited (predicate), hoped-for -- (expected hopefully)
       => due (predicate) -- (scheduled to arrive; "the train is due in 15 minutes")
       => expectable -- (to be expected; "differences of opinion are quite expectable given the present information")
       => matter-of-course -- (expected or depended upon as a natural or logical outcome)
          Also See-> unsurprising#1

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