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Meaning of EXPECT

Pronunciation:  ik'spekt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"
  2. [v]  look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"
  3. [v]  consider reasonable or due; "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"
  4. [v]  regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
  5. [v]  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"
  6. [v]  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"

EXPECT is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: anticipate, ask, bear, carry, gestate, require
 See Also: assume, await, believe, call, conceive, conjecture, consider, demand, guess, hang on, hold on, hold the line, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, imagine, judge, look, look for, look forward, look to, opine, presume, reckon, regard, see, speculate, suppose, take for granted, theorise, theorize, think, trust, view, wait



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*pect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expected}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Expecting}.] [L. expectatum, to look out for, await,
    expect; ex + out spectare to look at. See {Spectacle}.]
    1. To wait for; to await. [Obs.]
             Let's in, and there expect their coming. --Shak.
    2. 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); as, I expect to receive wages; I
       expect that the troops will be defeated. ``Good: I will
       expect you.'' --Shak. ``Expecting thy reply.'' --Shak.
             The Somersetshire or yellow regiment . . . was
             expected to arrive on the following day. --Macaulay.
    Syn: To anticipate; look for; await; hope.
    Usage: To {Expect}, {Think}, {Believe}, {Await}. Expect is a
           mental act and has aways a reference to the future, to
           some coming event; as a person expects to die, or he
           expects to survive. Think and believe have reference
           to the past and present, as well as to the future; as
           I think the mail has arrived; I believe he came home
           yesterday, that he is he is at home now. There is a
           not uncommon use of expect, which is a confusion of
           the two; as, I expect the mail has arrived; I expect
           he is at home. This misuse should be avoided. Await is
           a physical or moral act. We await that which, when it
           comes, will affect us personally. We expect what may,
           or may not, interest us personally. See {Anticipate}.
  2. \Ex*pect"\, v. t.
    To wait; to stay. [Obs.] --Sandys.
  3. \Ex*pect"\, n.
    Expectation. [Obs.] --Shak.
Computing Dictionary

A unix tool written in tcl and a script language for automating the operation of interactive applications such as telnet, ftp, passwd, fsck, rlogin, tip, etc.. Expect can feed input to other programs and perform pattern matching on their output. It is also useful for testing these applications. By adding tk, you can also wrap interactive applications in x11 guis.


["expect: Scripts for Controlling Interactive Tasks", Don Libes, Comp Sys 4(2), U Cal Press Journals, Nov 1991].

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