From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishexpectationex‧pec‧ta‧tion /ˌekspekˈteɪʃən/ ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable, uncountable]EXPECT what you think or hope will happenexpectation that 🔊 For some time he lived with the expectation that he was going to die.in (the) expectation of something 🔊 Anne left Germany in the expectation of seeing her family again before very long.against/contrary to (all) expectations 🔊 Against all expectations, getting up at five is actually easier in winter. 🔊 Having raised expectations (=made people more hopeful), he went on to help only a few people.above/below expectations 🔊 Profits are below expectations.beyond (somebody’s) expectations 🔊 Gina has succeeded beyond our expectations. 🔊 The show exceeded all expectations (=was much better than expected).come/live up to (somebody’s) expectations 🔊 His performance did not live up to our expectations (=was not as good as we expected). 🔊 The number of people who attended fell short of expectations (=was lower than expected).2[countable usually plural]EXPECT a feeling or belief about the way something should be or how someone should behaveexpectation of 🔊 Women who have high expectations of marriage are often disappointed. 🔊 Some people have totally unrealistic expectations of both medical and nursing staff.3 →expectation of lifeCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2adjectiveshigh (=expecting that someone or something will be successful)Like most parents, we have high expectations for our children.low (=expecting that someone or something will not be very successful)Their expectations of success were pretty low.great expectations (=very high)Emigrants sailed to America with great expectations.reasonable expectations (=the expectation that something will probably be successful, but may not be)It is a difficult operation, but we have reasonable expectations of success.realistic expectations (=the expectation that bad things can happen as well as good things)The disease is not curable, and patients must have realistic expectations.unreasonable/unrealistic expectations (=expectations that are too high)I think you had unrealistic expectations of what could be achieved in the time.legitimate expectations law (=expectations based on someone's legal rights)The men have legitimate expectations of a fair hearing.growing/rising/increased expectations (=becoming higher)China's economy will grow considerably over the next five years, bringing rising expectations of wealth.general/popular/widespread expectations (=shared by a lot of people)The general expectation was for married couples to have children.family/parental expectations (=expectations that families or parents have for their children)Parental expectations for a first child tend to be quite high.social expectations (=relating to what society thinks or expects)Social expectations of masculine and feminine behaviour changed drastically during the 1960s and '70s.career expectations (=someone's expectations about how well they will do in their job)People with low self-esteem usually have low career expectations.verbshave expectations (also hold expectations formal)Many migrant workers had high expectations when they arrived, but not anymore.raise somebody's expectations (=make someone expect more success, money etc)Having raised expectations, the government failed to live up to its promises.lower somebody's expectations (=make someone expect less success, money etc)If you can't afford your dream home, you may have to lower your expectations.come up to/live up to somebody's expectations (=be as good as someone hoped or expected)The match was boring, and didn't live up to our expectations at all.fulfil/satisfy somebody's expectations formal (=be as good as someone hoped or expected)The band failed to fulfil the fans' expectations.exceed/surpass somebody's expectations (=be or do better than you hoped or expected)The holiday exceeded our expectations.fall below/fall short of somebody's expectations (=be worse that someone hoped or expected)Our profits last year fell below expectations.create expectations (=make people expect that something will happen)The events of the last few weeks have created expectations of an economic recession.confound somebody's expectations (=be different to what someone expected, in a way that surprises or confuses them)The play totally confounds the audience's expectations.phrasesabove expectations (=higher, better, or more successful than expected)Economic growth last month was above expectations.below expectations (=lower, worse, or less successful than expected)Retail sales in December were well below expectations.beyond all expectations (=greater or better than someone expected)The task took two months to complete, but it was successful far beyond all expectations.against/contrary to expectations (=very different to what someone expected)Contrary to our expectations, the share price actually increased.