Definition of expectant in English:

expectant

Syllabification: ex·pect·ant
Pronunciation: /ikˈspektənt
 
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adjective

1Having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something pleasant and interesting: an expectant conference crowd
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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.
Synonyms
eager, excited, psyched, agog, waiting with bated breath, hopeful; in suspense, on tenterhooks
1.1 [attributive] (Of a woman) pregnant: 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.
Synonyms
pregnant
informal expecting, with a bun in the oven
chiefly British informal preggers
technical gravid
archaic with child

noun

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A person who anticipates receiving something, especially high office.
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

expectantly

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

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