ex‧pec‧ta‧tion S2 W2
1 [uncountable and countable]
what you think or hope will happen
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.
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
(=was not as good as we expected)
His performance did not live up to our expectations
The number of people who attended fell short of expectations (=was lower than expected).
2 [countable usually plural]
a feeling or belief about the way something should be or how someone should behave
the number of years that someone is likely to live [= life expectancy]