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anticipate

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verb an·tic·i·pate \an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt\

Simple Definition of anticipate

  • : to think of (something that will or might happen in the future)

  • : to expect or look ahead to (something) with pleasure : to look forward to (something)

  • : to do something before someone else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of anticipate

anticipated

anticipating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to

  3. 2 :  to meet (an obligation) before a due date

  4. 3 :  to foresee and deal with in advance :  forestall

  5. 4 :  to use or expend in advance of actual possession

  6. 5 :  to act before (another) often so as to check or counter

  7. 6 :  to look forward to as certain :  expect

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to speak or write in knowledge or expectation of later matter

anticipatable

play \-ˌpā-tə-bəl\ adjective

anticipator

play \-ˌpā-tər\ noun

Examples of anticipate in a sentence

  1. The cost turned out to be higher than anticipated.

  2. The author anticipated objections to his theory.

  3. The organizers of the fair anticipate a large crowd.

  4. I did not anticipate having to pay for your ticket.

  5. He eagerly anticipated her arrival.



Origin and Etymology of anticipate

Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare, from ante- + -cipare (from capere to take) — more at heave


First Known Use: 1532

Synonym Discussion of anticipate

foresee, foreknow, divine, anticipate mean to know beforehand. foresee implies nothing about how the knowledge is derived and may apply to ordinary reasoning and experience <economists should have foreseen the recession>. foreknow usually implies supernatural assistance, as through revelation <if only we could foreknow our own destinies>. divine adds to foresee the suggestion of exceptional wisdom or discernment <was able to divine Europe's rapid recovery from the war>. anticipate implies taking action about or responding emotionally to something before it happens <the waiter anticipated our every need>.

prevent, anticipate, forestall mean to deal with beforehand. prevent implies taking advance measures against something possible or probable <measures taken to prevent leaks>. anticipate may imply merely getting ahead of another by being a precursor or forerunner or it may imply checking another's intention by acting first <anticipated the question by making a statement>. forestall implies a getting ahead so as to stop or interrupt something in its course <hoped to forestall the sale>.

ANTICIPATE Defined for Kids

anticipate

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verb an·tic·i·pate \an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt\

Definition of anticipate for Students

anticipated

anticipating

  1. 1 :  to foresee and deal with or provide for beforehand <The waiters anticipate your every wish.>

  2. 2 :  to look forward to <… now everyone anticipated the celebration. — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>




Medical Dictionary

anticipate

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verb an·tic·i·pate \an-ˈtis-ə-ˌpāt\

Medical Definition of anticipate

anticipated

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anticipating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to give advance thought to

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to come before the expected time—used especially of medical symptoms




Law Dictionary

anticipate

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transitive verb an·tic·i·pate \an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt\

Legal Definition of anticipate

anticipated

anticipating

  1. 1 :  to bar or invalidate (a patent) by anticipation <the patent on the compound had been anticipated by the Beilstein reference — Misani v. Ortho Pharm. Corp., 210 A.2d 609 (1965)>

  2. 2 :  to negate the novelty of (an invention) by its appearance in prior art <appeared to have anticipated a variable light makeup mirror — Wilson v. Bristol-Myers Co., 503 N.Y.S.2d 334 (1986)>





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