2 [countable] [usually plural] a belief that something should happen in a particular way, or that someone or something should have particular qualities or behaviour
Mark and Susie went into marriage with very different expectations.
The two teachers have different expectations of their students.
exceed/surpass someone’s expectations (=be better than someone expected): The success of the product has exceeded all our expectations.
beyond (all) expectations (=much better than expected): The team has performed beyond all expectations.
have high/low expectations (=expect something to be very good or very bad): parents with high expectations of their children
come up to/live up to/meet someone’s expectations (=be as good as someone expected): We had heard so much about the restaurant, but it did not live up to our expectations.
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