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expectant adj
1 marked by eager anticipation; "an expectant hush" [syn: anticipant, anticipative]
2 in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child" [syn: big(p), enceinte, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)]

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  1. marked by expectation
    An expectant hush before the performance.
  2. pregnant
    An expectant mother.


marked by expectation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agape, agog, alert, all agog, anticipant, anticipating, anticipative, anticipatory, anxious, apprehensive, aspiring, assured, atiptoe, awaiting, big, certain, confident, eager, expecting, fond, forearmed, forestalling, forewarned, full of hope, gaping, gone, gravid, heavy, hopeful, hoping, in anticipation, in expectation, in good heart, in hopes, looking, looking for, looking forward to, not surprised, of good cheer, of good hope, open-eyed, openmouthed, optimistic, parturient, prepared, ready, sanguine, sure, undespairing, unsurprised, waiting, waiting for, watchful, watching for, with bated breath
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