anticipate


an·tic·i·pate

verb \an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt\

: 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

an·tic·i·pat·edan·tic·i·pat·ing

Full Definition of ANTICIPATE

transitive verb
1
:  to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to
2
:  to meet (an obligation) before a due date
3
:  to foresee and deal with in advance :  forestall
4
:  to use or expend in advance of actual possession
5
:  to act before (another) often so as to check or counter
6
:  to look forward to as certain :  expect
intransitive verb
:  to speak or write in knowledge or expectation of later matter
an·tic·i·pat·able \-ˌpā-tə-bəl\ adjective
an·tic·i·pa·tor \-ˌpā-tər\ noun

Examples of ANTICIPATE

  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 of ANTICIPATE

Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare, from ante- + -cipare (from capere to take) — more at heave
First Known Use: 1532

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an·tic·i·pate

verb \an-ˈtis-ə-ˌpāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
an·tic·i·pat·edan·tic·i·pat·ing

Medical Definition of ANTICIPATE

transitive verb
: to give advance thought to
intransitive verb
: to come before the expected time—used especially of medical symptoms

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