vb tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive
1 to regard as probable or likely; anticipate
he expects to win
2 to look forward to or be waiting for
we expect good news today
3 to decide that (something) is requisite or necessary; require
the teacher expects us to work late today (See also)
(C16: from Latin exspectare to watch for, from spectare to look at)
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