Definition of expectant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛkt(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspɛkt(ə)nt/


1Having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good: expectant crowds arrived early
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  • There was an expectant buzz from the crowd whenever he was in possession and he was desperately close to scoring earlier, with what would have been a magnificent goal midway through the first half.
  • Mr Williams thanked everybody for their participation, before he announced the winners of the £25 prizes to the expectant crowd.
  • At midnight the doors were opened to the expectant crowd.
eager, excited, agog, waiting with bated breath, breathless, waiting, anticipatory, hopeful;
in suspense, on tenterhooks, on the edge of one's seat, keyed up, on pins and needles, anxious
1.1 [attributive] Used to describe a pregnant woman or a man who is about to become a father: an expectant mother
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  • You might not be planning another baby just yet, but discovering a company's attitude to pregnant employees and expectant fathers will give you an insight into its general views on parenting.
  • I am appalled by parents that smoke around their children, and even more so by mothers that smoke during pregnancy, and fathers that smoke around the expectant mothers.
  • The survey also showed that 35% of expectant mothers admired celebrities who wore tight tops during pregnancy.
pregnant, having a baby, having a child, carrying a child;
French enceinte
informal expecting, in the family way, expecting a happy event, eating for two, preggers, preggy, with a bun in the oven, with one in the oven
North American informal knocked up
Australian informal preggo, clucky
informal, dated in trouble, in pod
technical gravid, parturient
rare impregnate


A person who anticipates receiving something, especially high office: some devoted themselves to the wearer of the crown, and others to the expectant
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  • Public Dinners and Gold Watches given by never so many expectants for Office, will never elevate him any higher.
  • In the vast number of appointments which it had been his duty to make, he had, of necessity, disappointed a great many expectants.
  • There are always at this city a large number of expectants of office of high grade awaiting their actual appointments.


Late Middle English: from Latin exspectant- 'expecting', from the verb exspectare (see expect).

Words that rhyme with expectant

disinfectant, protectant

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