Definition of expectant in US English:



  • 1Having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something pleasant and interesting.

    ‘an expectant conference crowd’
    • ‘The same holds true onstage, where she entertained large crowds of expectant fans during a month-long, consistently sold-out U.S. tour.’
    • ‘Knowing he was about to appear, an expectant hush fell over the huge crowd around the green.’
    • ‘The traditional objection was made that it might be snowing heavily on Christmas Eve and early closing would ensure that staff could safely travel home to their excited and expectant children.’
    • ‘The party was in full swing as they arrived, but there was a faint, expectant feeling among the guests as the royal party had not yet arrived.’
    • ‘The big moment arrived, as Santa was heralded into the room and conducted a sing-along with all the expectant wide-eyed crowd.’
    • ‘After the lunch interval the West Indies began their reply backed by an expectant crowd.’
    • ‘Sunday saw an expectant and knowledgeable crowd turn up for what was some of the best bowling seen for a long time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The expectant crowd was confused - was this really the new world champion they had so excitedly looked forward to seeing?’
    • ‘The priests and the policemen stopped before the crowd of expectant men and surveyed them, as they did every morning.’
    • ‘Just don't tell him he's going out to face the world champions in front of an expectant home crowd in half an hour.’
    • ‘At midnight the doors were opened to the expectant crowd.’
    • ‘A cheap sound system pumped out drum and bass as a sparse yet expectant crowd gathered.’
    • ‘When our star takes the stage, he's greeted by an expectant hush.’
    • ‘There are nights when you can feel the va va voom in a theatre, busy with the buzz of expectant chatter and excited faces of all ages.’
    • ‘Josh finished, and then they were all looking at me, expectant and excited.’
    • ‘The silence was reverent, expectant, verging on anxious.’
    • ‘If I was a best selling author about to pass such tripe off on my breathlessly expectant readers, I'd have been right there with her.’
    • ‘Mr Williams thanked everybody for their participation, before he announced the winners of the £25 prizes to the expectant crowd.’
    • ‘When expectant faces all along the table turned towards him, he sighed and raised a hand to his temple.’
    eager, excited, agog, waiting with bated breath, breathless, waiting, anticipatory, hopeful
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    1. 1.1attributive (of a woman) pregnant.
      ‘an expectant mother’
      • ‘For more than ten years, I have been helping expectant families prepare for birth and early parenting.’
      • ‘Expectant mothers would rather have their babies at home than travel to Colchester.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"It is vital that expectant mothers do not try to treat themselves with oils.’
      • ‘Expectant mums will continue to have their babies at hospitals near to their homes.’
      • ‘It's exciting watching the family crowd around the expectant mother in some sort of ancient protection ritual.’
      • ‘The expectant father is due to leave for home tomorrow and he's only hoping his beloved wife Marie can hold out on delivering their third child until then.’
      • ‘When studying testosterone, Storey found that it dropped in new and expectant fathers - by as much as 33 percent.’
      • ‘As one of the most excited and radiant expectant moms I've seen, she beams whenever she talks about her baby - due any minute now.’
      • ‘An interactive forum led by a male facilitator allowed expectant fathers to openly and honestly discuss issues of birth and fatherhood.’
      • ‘The survey also showed that 35% of expectant mothers admired celebrities who wore tight tops during pregnancy.’
      • ‘Expectant mums can expect the skin all over their body to change.’
      • ‘When expectant mothers voice such concerns to me, I gently encourage them to examine the issue logically.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We aim to provide full maternity care for local expectant mothers who wish to give birth at our hospital.’
      • ‘Now I am on tenterhooks and pacing the ops block like an expectant father.’
      • ‘Just now I decided to take a quick look on google and see if any other expectant fathers are writing blogs.’
      • ‘The expectant father stopped to say a quick prayer before boarding a helicopter for the first time.’
      • ‘I want to provide comfort and support to the expectant mother throughout the entire pregnancy.’
      • ‘The results indicated that expectant fathers' family of origin factors are related to attitudes about father involvement.’
      pregnant, having a baby, having a child, carrying a child
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  • A person who anticipates receiving something, especially high office.

    • ‘In the vast number of appointments which it had been his duty to make, he had, of necessity, disappointed a great many expectants.’
    • ‘Public Dinners and Gold Watches given by never so many expectants for Office, will never elevate him any higher.’
    • ‘There are always at this city a large number of expectants of office of high grade awaiting their actual appointments.’


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