expectation

expectation
ex|pec|ta|tion
W2S2 [ˌekspekˈteıʃən] n
1.) [U and C]
what you think or hope will happen
expectation that
For some time he lived with the expectation that he was going to die.
in (the) expectation of sth
Anne left Germany in the expectation of seeing her family again before very long.
against/contrary to (all) expectations
Against all expectations, getting up at five is actually easier in winter.
Having raised expectations (=made people more hopeful) , he went on to help only a few people.
above/below expectations
Profits are below expectations.
beyond (sb's) expectations
Gina has succeeded beyond our expectations.
The show exceeded all expectations (=was much better than expected) .
come/live up to (sb's) expectations
His performance did not live up to our expectations
(=was not as good as we expected)
The number of people who attended fell short of expectations (=was lower than expected) .
2.) [C usually plural]
a feeling or belief about the way something should be or how someone should behave
expectation of
Women who have high expectations of marriage are often disappointed.
Some people have totally unrealistic expectations of both medical and nursing staff.
3.) expectation of life
the number of years that someone is likely to live

Dictionary of contemporary 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

  • expectation — Expectation, Expectatio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • expectation — ► NOUN 1) belief that something will happen or be the case. 2) a thing that is expected to happen …   English terms dictionary

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