1. To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of:
expecting a telephone call; expects rain on Sunday.
2. To consider likely or certain:
3. To consider reasonable or due:
We expect an apology.
4. To consider obligatory; require:
The school expects its pupils to be on time.
5. Informal To presume; suppose.
6. To look forward to the birth of one's child. Used in progressive tenses:
His sister is expecting in May.
7. To be pregnant. Used in progressive tenses:
My wife is expecting again.
8. Latin exspect3re
9. ex- [ex-]
10. spect3re [to look at] [frequentative of] specere [to see] * see spek-
spect3re [看见]  specere的重复动词 [看见] *参见 spek-
11. These verbs are related in various ways to the idea of looking ahead to something in the future. To expect is to look forward to the likely occurrence or appearance of someone or something:
You can expect us for lunch.
“We should not expect something for nothing—but we all do and call it Hope” (Edgar W. Howe).
“我们不应期待收获而不付出--相反我们应去做并称之为希望” （埃德加· W·何奥）。
12. Anticipate is sometimes used as a synonym of expect, but usually it involves more than expectation. Sometimes it refers to taking advance action, as to forestall or prevent the occurrence of something expected or to meet a wish or request before it is articulated:
Anticipate 有时被用作expect 的同义词， 但通常它不仅仅是期望这个意思，有时它指提前采取行动，来阻止预料中某事的发生或在一项要求或愿望说出之前使它得到满足：
anticipated the attack and locked the gates;
anticipating her desires. The term can also refer to having a foretaste of something expected before its occurrence:
anticipate trouble. To hope is to look forward with desire and usually with a measure of confidence in the likelihood of gaining what is desired:
过早陷入麻烦。 Hope 意思是热切期望并对获得所期待之物的可能性方面有一定的信心：
I hope to see you soon.
Hope for the best, but expect the worst. To await is to wait in expectation of; it implies certainty:
做最大的希望，但也等待最大的失望。 Await 意思是满怀期望的等待；暗含肯定性：
eagerly awaiting your letter.