- ex|pec|ta|tion [ ,ekspek`teıʃn ] noun count or uncount ***1. ) the belief that something will happen:expectation of: The team set off without any expectation of success.in expectation of: His associate had given the information in expectation of a reduced penalty.contrary to/against (all/someone's) expectations (=although something was not what you expected): Contrary to her expectations, Caroline found the show very entertaining.in line with expectations (=the same as people expected): The rise in inflation is broadly in line with expectations.2. ) usually plural a belief that something should happen in a particular way, or that someone or something should have particular qualities or behavior:Mark and Susie went into marriage with very different expectations.The two teachers have different expectations of their students.exceed/surpass someone's expectations (=be better than someone expected): The success of the product has exceeded all our expectations.beyond (all) expectations (=much better than expected): The team has performed beyond all expectations.have high/low expectations (=expect something to be very good or very bad): parents with high expectations of their childrencome up to/live up to/meet someone's expectations (=be as good as someone expected): We had heard so much about the restaurant, but it did not live up to our expectations.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.
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expectation — [ ɛkspɛktasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1488; lat. exspectatio 1 ♦ Vx Attente. ⇒ expectative. « Harcourt tenait tout le monde en expectation » (Saint Simon). 2 ♦ Méd. Abstention de tout traitement (à l exception des mesures habituelles d hygiène et de… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Expectation — Ex pec*ta tion . [L. expectio. exspectio: cf. F. expectation.] 1. The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen. In expectation of a guest. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
expectation — UK US /ˌekspekˈteɪʃən/ noun [C, often plural] ► what you believe or hope will happen in the future: »Now the expectation is just 81 cents a share, according to a survey of a dozen analysts. expectation that sth »The banks help out the government… … Financial and business terms
expectation — EXPECTATION. s. f. Attente. Il ne se dit que des grands evenements, des choses extraordinaires. Les peuples estoient dans une grande expectation, dans l expectation … Dictionnaire de l'Académie française
expectation — I noun anticipation, assurance, awaiting, calculation, contemplation, expectance, expectancy, exspectatio, foreboding, forefeeling, foreknowledge, foresight, hope, intention, misgiving, opinio, preconception, presentiment, presumption, presurmise … Law dictionary
expectation — 1530s, from M.Fr. expectation (14c.) or directly from L. expectationem/exspectationem (nom. expectatio/exspectatio) anticipation, an awaiting, noun of action from pp. stem of expectare/exspectare (see EXPECT (Cf. expect)). Related: Expectations … Etymology dictionary
expectation — [n] belief, anticipation apprehension, assumption, assurance, calculation, chance, confidence, conjecture, design, expectancy, fear, forecast, hope, intention, likelihood, looking forward, motive, notion, outlook, possibility, prediction,… … New thesaurus
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expectation — ► NOUN 1) belief that something will happen or be the case. 2) a thing that is expected to happen … English terms dictionary
expectation — [ek΄spek tā′shən] n. [L expectatio < pp. of expectare: see EXPECT] 1. a looking forward to; anticipation 2. a looking for as due, proper, or necessary 3. a thing looked forward to 4. [also pl.] a reason or warrant for looking forward to… … English World dictionary
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