Meaning

Primary

Expectation

Alternatives

Expect, Anticipate

Word Type

noun, する verb

Explanation

For a period of time you have to wait. During this waiting period, you are expecting or anticipating something to happen. Waiting, expecting, waiting, expecting...

Reading

きたい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word that uses the on'yomi readings of the kanji. You should be able to read this on your own.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 期待を〜
  • 期待が〜
  • 期待に〜
  • 〜の期待
  • 期待〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 期待をする
    to have expectations
    期待をかける
    to hang one's hopes on something
    期待を持つ
    to have expectations
  • 期待が持てる
    can have expectations
    期待が外れる
    to be disappointed
    期待が高まる
    rising expectations
  • 期待にそぐわない
    to fail to meet expectations
    期待に反する
    to disappoint
    期待にこたえる
    to live up to expectations
  • お客さまの期待
    guest's expectations
    国民の期待
    citizen's expectations
    親の期待
    parent's expectations
  • 期待度
    level of expectations
    期待通り
    just as expected
    期待大
    very high expectations

Context Sentences

あの大学院生には、もっと期待してたのに。

I expected more from the grad student.

この前わざわざ日本からとりよせた新しいおやつは期待外れでした。

The new snack that I bought and had sent all the way from Japan the other day was not as good as I anticipated.

ウォール・ストリートは常にトップレベルの人材を求めていますが、コウイチならきっとそこでも期待に応えられると思います。

Wall Street always needs top-level talent and I’m pretty sure that Koichi will be able to live up to those expectations.

Kanji Composition