Definition of expectation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌekspekˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌekspekˈteɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] a belief that something will happen because it is likely expectation (of something) We are confident in our expectation of a full recovery. expectation (that…) There was a general expectation that he would win. The expectation is that property prices will rise. I applied for the post more in hope than expectation. Contrary to expectations, interest rates did not rise. Against all expectations, she was enjoying herself.
  2. 2  [countable, usually plural, uncountable] a hope that something good will happen She went to college with great expectations. There was an air of expectation and great curiosity. The results exceeded our expectations. The numbers attending fell short of expectations. The event did not live up to expectations.
  3. 3  [countable, usually plural] a strong belief about the way something should happen or how somebody should behave Some parents have unrealistic expectations of their children. Unfortunately the new software has failed to meet expectations.
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin expectatio(n-), from the verb expectare (see expect).Extra examples He had been successful beyond his expectations. Heightened expectations for educational progress had not been realized. Her approach sought to lower people’s expectations. Her approach to welfare sought to lower people’s expectations and impose work discipline. Her new car has not lived up to her expectations. Here are some tips to help you manage your expectations for yourself. I have every expectation of cheering the team on to victory in the final. I have modest expectations about what my research can accomplish. In later years his expectations changed. It doesn’t conform to people’s normal expectations of what a zoo is. Low growth is likely to bring unfulfilled expectations. Many children start with low expectations. Once the government’s promise was made, popular expectations soared. Profits are broadly in line with expectations. Religion reinforces traditional gender expectations to varying extents. Sales came in above expectations this week. She has defied all expectations with her career. She has high expectations regarding the deal. The article was written before the election result in the clear expectation of a Labour victory. The building work was completed on time, contrary to expectation. The course has produced results way beyond expectation. The plaintiff is aged 30 and has a normal expectation of life. The reality of the cruise fell short of our expectations. The rise in share price confounded expectations. The various categories of operating expenditure are broadly in line with expectations. There is still a general expectation that married couples will have children. There were disappointed expectations all round when the contents of his will became known. These high expectations are based on the fast pace of technological developments. They bought real estate in the expectation of a rise in prices. They’ve found success far beyond their initial expectations. This realization of our dreams surpassed even our wildest expectations. This result is contrary to our prior expectations. Users have changed their expectations of library services. We certainly had a reasonable expectation of success. We have high expectations for her future. What should you do when an employee’s performance is below expectation? You have unrealistic expectations. differences in the expectations held by different social groups the government’s expectations about the economy the high expectations aroused by civil rights legislation the tensions and expectations surrounding the show the way in which expectations are formed trying to influence public expectations of the police Contrary to expectations, interest rates did not rise. I applied for the job more in hope than expectation. The event did not live up to expectations. Unfortunately the new software has failed to meet expectations.
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