anticipate

verb
an·​tic·​i·​pate | \an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt \
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 \ adjective
anticipator \ -​ˌpā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms for anticipate

Synonyms

divine, foreknow, foresee, prevision

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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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But Netflix’s ascension is one that Hollywood has been anticipating. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 Bailey also worried that some businesses seemed to be anticipating the passage of a ballot proposal in November that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses," 12 July 2018 But getting the feelings out there will give you both a chance to anticipate them in your planning. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Envious of husband’s approaching retirement," 10 July 2018 Waves on Lake Michigan are created by local winds (as opposed to ocean waves, which are formed by faraway storms), so lake surfers have to anticipate when the northern winds will travel down south. David North, Chicago Reader, "Sickened surfers say the best waves in Lake Michigan are in the polluted waters off northwest Indiana," 10 July 2018 The library is one building that's worth the $70 million investment the city anticipates, Journee said. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Why are Downtown Boise buildings so boring?," 20 June 2018 There has been a nearly $150,000 increase in real property tax revenue, from $7.94 million this year to $8.09 million anticipated next year, according to the budget. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace council adopts fiscal 2019 budget with utility rate increases, no property tax rate increase," 19 June 2018 Both rebellious and unconventional, the French fashion trend-setter anticipated the coming of a new era for women. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Look Inside Coco Chanel’s Favorite Seaside Destination," 1 June 2018 It both caricatures the autocracy of tsarism and anticipates Bolshevism’s descent into tyranny. The Economist, "An eerie dystopian prophecy by a disillusioned Bolshevik," 31 May 2018

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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)

: to do something before someone else

anticipate

verb
an·​tic·​i·​pate | \an-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt \
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 \
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 \
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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