- 1A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future: reality had not lived up to expectations an expectation that the government will provide the resources he drilled his men in expectation of a Prussian advanceMore example sentences
- They may simply sit tight in the expectation that the club's growth will continue and the value of their stake will rise further.
- With this belief comes the expectation that a booming economy will beget social progress.
- Simply to build as many houses as possible in the expectation that prices will fall significantly in the near future will not solve the problem.
- 1.1A belief that someone will or should achieve something: students had high expectations for their futureMore example sentences
- In fact, the low expectations for the president could even turn out to be a hidden advantage.
- There are major problems with this approach, in terms of what it says about our low expectations of children.
- Politicians have most of our aspirations pinned on them, with low expectations they will deliver.
- 1.2 (expectations) • archaic One’s prospects of inheritance.More example sentences
- Then you must know that I have a devilish rich uncle in the East Indies, Sir Oliver Surface, from whom I have the greatest expectations.
- O yes: I have what are called expectations!
- Adopting the language of restitution leads to the return of unjust enrichment, while estoppel enables the son to receive his expectations.
- 1.3 Mathematics another term for expected value.More example sentences
- This is equal to 8.5, and is called the expectation of the action in question.
- The same expectation is obtained by either method.
- The mathematical expectation of any bet is defined as follows: the sum of all possible gains and losses multiplied by their relative probabilities.
manage expectations (also manage someone's expectations)
- Seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance what can realistically be achieved or delivered by a project, undertaking, course of action, etc.: as the White House tries to paint a rosy economic picture, they are also trying to manage expectations the company needs to be very sure it has a hit or it should start managing its customers' expectationsMore example sentences
- After two or three iterations, his subordinates just started managing his expectations with wildly outsized guesses about project requirements, and outright lies about what they'd accomplished.
- I hope my keep-it-simple approach makes it's clear where I'm coming from and manages expectations appropriately.
- During the meeting, I worked to point out places where the customer's complaints were caused by the inability to properly set up and manage customer expectations.