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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expect  \Ex*pect"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Expected};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Expecting}.]  [L.  expectatum  to  look  out  for  await, 
  expect;  ex  +  out  spectare  to  look  at  See  {Spectacle}.] 
  1.  To  wait  for  to  await.  [Obs.] 
 
  Let's  in  and  there  expect  their  coming.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  look  for  (mentally);  to  look  forward  to  as  to 
  something  that  is  believed  to  be  about  to  happen  or  come 
  to  have  a  previous  apprehension  of  whether  of  good  or 
  evil;  to  look  for  with  some  confidence;  to  anticipate;  -- 
  often  followed  by  an  infinitive,  sometimes  by  a  clause 
  (with,  or  without  that);  as  I  expect  to  receive  wages;  I 
  expect  that  the  troops  will  be  defeated.  ``Good:  I  will 
  expect  you.''  --Shak.  ``Expecting  thy  reply.''  --Shak. 
 
  The  Somersetshire  or  yellow  regiment  .  .  .  was 
  expected  to  arrive  on  the  following  day  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  To  anticipate;  look  for  await;  hope. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Expect},  {Think},  {Believe},  {Await}.  Expect  is  a 
  mental  act  and  has  aways  a  reference  to  the  future,  to 
  some  coming  event;  as  a  person  expects  to  die,  or  he 
  expects  to  survive.  Think  and  believe  have  reference 
  to  the  past  and  present,  as  well  as  to  the  future;  as 
  I  think  the  mail  has  arrived;  I  believe  he  came  home 
  yesterday,  that  he  is  he  is  at  home  now  There  is  a 
  not  uncommon  use  of  expect,  which  is  a  confusion  of 
  the  two  as  I  expect  the  mail  has  arrived;  I  expect 
  he  is  at  home.  This  misuse  should  be  avoided.  Await  is 
  a  physical  or  moral  act  We  await  that  which  when  it 
  comes  will  affect  us  personally.  We  expect  what  may 
  or  may  not  interest  us  personally.  See  {Anticipate}. 




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