Expectation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌekspekˈteɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word expectation
Brit.  |ɛkspɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word expectation


- belief about (or mental picture of) the future (syn: outlook, prospect)
- anticipating with confidence of fulfillment (syn: anticipation)
- the feeling that something is about to happen
- the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values


The company has expectations of making a profit next year.

I saved the files in the expectation that they would be useful in the future.

There is widespread expectation that the strike will be settled soon.

The crowd waited in expectation of her arrival.

They had great expectation for their daughter.

For some time he lived with the expectation that he was going to die.

Anne left Germany in the expectation of seeing her family again before very long.

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.

Profits are below expectations.

Gina has succeeded beyond our expectations.

The show exceeded all expectations (=was much better than expected).

His performance did not live up to our expectations

The number of people who attended fell short of expectations (=was lower than expected).

Women who have high expectations of marriage are often disappointed.

Word forms

singular: expectation
plural: expectations
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