Definition of expectant in English:


Line breaks: ex¦pect|ant
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛkt(ə)nt
, ɛk-/



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  • 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.



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  • They came up to me where I was sitting on my bench, and eyed me expectantly.
  • She held out her hand expectantly, and Anne obediently pulled out a handful of coins.
  • There was a moment's silence as everyone stared expectantly at me.


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

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