Definition of expectant in English:

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expectant

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

adjective

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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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, 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

noun

archaic
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with expectant

disinfectant, protectant

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ex¦pect|ant

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