anticipate

verb
an·​tic·​i·​pate | \ an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce anticipate (audio) \
anticipated; anticipating

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 We don't anticipate any problems during the construction.

intransitive verb

: to speak or write in knowledge or expectation of later matter

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Other Words from anticipate

anticipatable \ an-​ˈti-​sə-​ˌpā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce anticipatable (audio) \ adjective
anticipator \ an-​ˈti-​sə-​ˌpā-​tər How to pronounce anticipator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of anticipate in a Sentence

The cost turned out to be higher than anticipated. The author anticipated objections to his theory. The organizers of the fair anticipate a large crowd. I did not anticipate having to pay for your ticket. He eagerly anticipated her arrival.
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Recent Examples on the Web Forecasters anticipate some development from the system to either regain its tropical status or a subtropical classification Monday or Tuesday. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical system emerges over South Florida as Hurricane Teddy targets Bermuda, TS Beta moves toward Texas," 21 Sep. 2020 Both campaigns also anticipate those battles to continue after Election Day as states try to count what’s expected to be a historic number of mail-in ballots. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Consequences of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death for American Democracy," 18 Sep. 2020 Researchers anticipate having 2,000 participants in the trial study. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD to launch COVID-19 vaccine trial in National City," 17 Sep. 2020 Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals anticipate starting right guard Xavier Su'a-Filo to be out a few weeks. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Bengals notebook: Xavier Su'a-Filo to miss a couple weeks, Randy Bullock 'cramped up'," 15 Sep. 2020 If the layoffs proceed, anticipate heavy flight cuts and an uncertain holiday travel season unless travel demand picks up. USA Today, "'Global, sudden, violent': Travel industry clobbered by coronavirus pandemic, struggles to rebound," 14 Sep. 2020 The other part of the equation to consider: How much do the Pelicans anticipate playing Williamson at the 5 moving forward? Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "5 questions Pelicans must answer headed into a long offseason," 11 Sep. 2020 Bucks County Board of Elections officials anticipate at least 50% of voters will vote by mail in the 2020 election. Katie Byrne, Fox News, "Election officials in Pennsylvania prepare for surge in mail-in ballots," 10 Sep. 2020 The parties anticipate closing the transaction prior to Sept. 30. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM takes a $2 billion stake in Nikola to make electric pickup trucks," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of anticipate

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for anticipate

Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare, from ante- + -cipare (from capere to take) — more at heave entry 1

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The first known use of anticipate was in 1532

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28 Sep 2020

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“Anticipate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anticipate. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for anticipate

anticipate

verb
How to pronounce anticipate (audio)

English Language Learners 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)
formal : to do something before someone else

anticipate

verb
an·​tic·​i·​pate | \ an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce anticipate (audio) \
anticipated; anticipating

Kids Definition of anticipate

1 : to foresee and deal with or provide for beforehand The waiters anticipate your every wish.
2 : to look forward to … now everyone anticipated the celebration.— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

anticipate

verb
an·​tic·​i·​pate | \ an-ˈtis-ə-ˌpāt How to pronounce anticipate (audio) \
anticipated; anticipating

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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anticipate

transitive verb
an·​tic·​i·​pate | \ an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce anticipate (audio) \
anticipated; anticipating

Legal Definition of anticipate

1 : to bar or invalidate (a patent) by anticipation the patent on the compound had been anticipated by the Beilstein referenceMisani v. Ortho Pharm. Corp., 210 A.2d 609 (1965)
2 : to negate the novelty of (an invention) by its appearance in prior art appeared to have anticipated a variable light makeup mirrorWilson v. Bristol-Myers Co., 503 N.Y.S.2d 334 (1986)

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