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Meaning of EXPECTANT

Pronunciation:  ik'spektnt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child"
  2. [adj]  marked by eager anticipation; "an expectant hush"

EXPECTANT is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: anticipant, anticipative, big(p), enceinte, gravid, great(p), heavy(p), hopeful, large(p), pregnant, with child(p)



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*pect"ant\, a. [L. expectans, exspectans, p. pr. of
    expectare, exspectare: cf. F. expectant.]
    Waiting in expectation; looking for; (Med.) waiting for the
    efforts of nature, with little active treatment.
    {Expectant estate} (Law), an estate in expectancy. See under
  2. \Ex*pect"ant\, n.
    One who waits in expectation; one held in dependence by hope
    of receiving some good.
          An expectant of future glory.            --South.
          Those who had employments, or were expectants. --Swift.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: agape, agog, alert, all agog, anticipant, anticipating, anticipative, anticipatory, anxious, apprehensive, aspiring, assured, atiptoe, awaiting, big, certain, confident, eager, expecting, fond, forearmed, forestalling, forewarned, full of hope, gaping, gone, gravid, heavy, hopeful, hoping, in anticipation, in expectation, in good heart, in hopes, looking, looking for, looking forward to, not surprised, of good cheer, of good hope, open-eyed, openmouthed, optimistic, parturient, prepared, ready, sanguine, sure, undespairing, unsurprised, waiting, waiting for, watchful, watching for, with bated breath