expectation collocations and examples

 UK /ˌekspekˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

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a belief that something should happen, or will happen, in a particular way

Adjectives frequently used with expectation
not reasonable: exaggerated, false, unreal, unrealistic, unreasonableWe want the company to provide the service we are paying for; this is not an unreasonable expectation.reasonable: legitimate, rational, realistic, reasonableWere customers’ expectations realistic in relation to quality and value for money?expecting things to be good: high, optimistic, sanguineToday’s young Scots have high expectations of college courses.

Usage note

In most combinations, expectation is plural: When customers have too many expectations, they are inevitably disappointed.

expecting things to be bad: lowOnly people with low expectations will find this show entertaining.

Usage note

If you are talking about things that people do because they expect something else to happen, you can use the phrases in the expectation of and in the expectation that: We pay a higher price in the expectation of better service.

Verbs frequently used with expectation
be better than people expected: exceed, outperform, outstrip, surpassThe public’s response to the music outstripped the band’s initial expectations.be worse than people expected: dampen, dash, disappoint, fall below, fall short ofTheir supporters’ high expectations were dashed.be different to what people expected: confound, contradict, defy, shatter, subvertShort films work best when they subvert audience expectations.be the way people expected it to be: come up to, fulfil, live up to, match, meet, satisfyThe Council strives to meet the expectations and aspirations of the community in delivering top-quality services.

Usage note

If something happens the way you expect it to, you can say that it is in line with expectations: It was the right decision and was wholly in line with people’s expectations.

have expectations: have, holdThe two groups have completely different expectations.Now teachers have the expectation that girls will achieve higher examination grades.
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