- 1Having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good: expectant crowds arrived earlyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [attributive] Used to describe a pregnant woman or a man who is about to become a father: an expectant motherMore example sentences
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 ovenNorth American • informal knocked up• informal , • dated in trouble, in pod• archaic with child, heavy/big with child, in a delicate condition, in an interesting condition, childing, on the way• rare impregnate
- 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.
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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 expectantMore example sentences
- 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).