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

Synonyms for anticipate

Synonyms

await, expect, hope (for), watch (for)

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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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Luhnow did not anticipate Martes appearing in a minor league game this season. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros plan to activate Francis Martes after visa issues resolved," 11 Aug. 2019 Saleem does not answer, but the anguished look on his face tells us that the reality of his life is way more complicated that anyone anticipates. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: An affair ignites ‘The Reports on Sarah and Saleem’," 8 Aug. 2019 What the killer doesn't anticipate is Sam waking up in Jay's body shortly after his death. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Every Time I Die': Film Review," 8 Aug. 2019 The council anticipates reviewing a draft art master plan — which would outline procedures for management, funding, public engagement and site selection — within the next six months. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach hires Oliver Chi as new city manager," 6 Aug. 2019 Position changes: Smith didn’t anticipate many position changes once camp begins. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State heads into football camp with experience and health; is progress around the corner?," 31 July 2019 There are other kinds of disruptions from the wind-down, which has been more abrupt and chaotic than anyone anticipated. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "Buy a failing hospital and profit. This could be a dangerous new playbook for rich investors," 29 July 2019 Leonard doesn’t anticipate any major weather setbacks, explaining some of the worst weather happened during the demolition of the bridges but didn’t impact the demolition schedule. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al.com, "I-59/20 bridge project progress, 6 months in," 20 July 2019 Refusing refuse Fortunately, Natural Habitat anticipated these fears. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned on the World's First Zero-Waste Trip," 19 July 2019

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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

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anticipate

verb

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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