1A strong belief that something will happen or be the case: reality had not lived up to expectations [mass noun]: I sat down in expectation of a feast of nostalgia
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- 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.
anticipation, expectancy, eagerness, hope, hopefulness;
1.1A belief that someone will or should achieve something: students had high expectations for their future
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- 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.
- 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.
prospects, prospects of inheritance, hopes, outlook, lookout
2 Mathematics another term for expected value.
- 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
- Training and managing expectations are critical to the success and rate of adoption of any innovation or workplace change.
- And that's the real work Apple has on its hands: managing expectations.
- In any event, communication is the key for delivering and managing expectations for this type of plan in France.
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