- /"ekspek'teISFn/ noun (C, U)
1 the belief that something will happen because it is likely or planned: your expectation is that: My expectation is that interest rates will go up. | against/contrary to (all) expectations: Against all expectations, Mike finished high school with top grades. | in expectation of (=thinking that something will happen): They closed the windows in expectation of rain.2 (usually plural) a belief that something good will happen in the future: have high expectations (=believe that something good will happen or that someone will be successful in the future): The school has high expectations for his future career. | beyond (your) expectations (=better than you expected): Paulito has succeeded beyond our expectations. | fall short of/not come up to sb's expectations (=not be as good or as successful as you expected): If profits fall short of expectations, how will you repay your loan? | The film just didn't come up to our expectations. | (not) live up to sb's expectations (=not be as good as people expected): The show lived up to all our expectations - it was wonderful! | arouse expectations (=make you think that something good is going to happen): The ceasefire has aroused expectations of an end to the war.3 the belief that something ought to happen or that someone should behave in a particular way: Some have totally unrealistic expectations of both medical and nursing staff.4 expectation of life the number of years that someone is likely to live; life expectancy
Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.