UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪkˈspɛkt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪkˈspɛkt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ik spekt)

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If you expect that something will happen, you believe that it will happen.
I expect you'll be glad when I leave.
They expect that about 1,500 people will attend.
You can sometimes use a to-infinitive after expect instead of a that-clause. For example, instead of saying ‘I expect Johnson will come to the meeting’, you can say ‘I expect Johnson to come to the meeting’. However, the meaning is not quite the same. If you say ‘I expect Johnson will come to the meeting’, you are simply saying that you think he will come. If you say ‘I expect Johnson to come to the meeting’, you are showing that you want Johnson to come to the meeting and that you will be annoyed or disappointed if he does not come.
Nobody expected the strike to succeed.
The talks are expected to last two or three days.
Instead of saying you ‘expect something will not’ happen, you usually say you do not expect it will happen or do not expect it to happen.
I don't expect it will be necessary.
I did not expect to be acknowledged.
If you expect something is true, you think it is probably true.
I expect they've gone.
Instead of saying you ‘expect something is not’ true, you usually say you do not expect it is true.
I don't expect you have much time for shopping.
If someone asks if something is true, you can say I expect so.
‘Will Joe be here at Christmas?’ – ‘I expect so.’
Be careful
Don't say ‘I expect it’.
If you are expecting someone or something, you believe that they are going to arrive or happen.
They were expecting Wendy and the children.
Rodin was expecting an important letter from France.
We are expecting rain.
When expect is used like this, don't use a preposition after it.
‘wait for’
Don't confuse expect with wait for. If you are waiting for someone or something, you are remaining in the same place or delaying doing something until they arrive or happen.
He sat on the bench and waited for Miguel.
Stop waiting for things to happen. Make them happen.
➜ See wait
‘look forward to’
When you look forward to something that is going to happen, you feel happy because you think you will enjoy it.
I'll bet you're looking forward to your holidays.
I always looked forward to seeing her.
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