Is there a word in English that denotes a person who expects something to happen?

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  • What are you trying to say? Is there a context for this, or are you asking because you are curious? The words suggested in the answers, while legitimate words, are not common.
    – Andrew
    Commented Jul 19, 2019 at 16:19
  • I am trying to find a word for an interface in a software system that has a single method "Expect"
    – dottedmag
    Commented Jul 20, 2019 at 16:38
  • 'expect' may not be the right verb for that function as its unclear what it's doing. You might ask at SO to see what might be more standard
    – Andrew
    Commented Jul 20, 2019 at 17:09

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one that expects

Collins Dictionary:

a person who expects


An anticipator expects something to happen. Lexico has this definition of the verb.


1 Regard as probable; expect or predict.

The noun form gives this example

He is a great anticipator who makes up for a lack of speed with toughness and size

although it is more suitable for the predict definition.

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