ex•pect verb. 1. to assume: a. when a mother expects that her daughter is pregnant because her belt is twisted from lying down next to a boy she hasn’t even sucked and she’s digging on those crunchwrap supremes. b. everyone expects him to come out of the closet soon because of the smiley face excess he uses during texts. 2. to place on a pedestal: a. she expects roses on their anniversary, just like she expects him to remember her birthday but they don’t expect to last a year or expect him to stop smoking weed. b. you don’t expect to have cats instead of a husband. c. you don’t expect to run into a telephone pole with an Astrovan, just like you don’t expect your friend in the passenger seat to survive without injury. 3. search for something greater: I expect to move out of Michigan and expect to find somewhere for me. I don’t expect it to be perfect, but everyone expects something of me and my Myers-Briggs personality is known for setting high expectations that can’t be met. For ex•pect•a•tion, see fail•ure.