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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The criteria for ranking includes anticipated importance of the matchup, competitiveness and entertainment value. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 When it was announced that Greta Gerwig would be adapting the novel, a corner of the internet nearly exploded, eagerly anticipating next fall’s release. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Everything We Know About Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Adaptation," 5 July 2018 The Kane County Sheriff's Office does not anticipate issuing any citations since the event occurred on private property during an organized event, the release stated. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Morton Grove race car driver killed in Sycamore Speedway crash," 14 July 2018 Plans also relied on a five-year-old earthquake and tsunami manual that had not anticipated a hurricane would affect the U.S. territory’s entire population of over 3 million. Laignee Barron, Time, "FEMA Says It Was Significantly Unprepared When Hurricane Maria Hit Puerto Rico," 13 July 2018 Moderate fire behavior was observed during the day Monday with the same behavior anticipated into Tuesday, Cal Fire reported. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Firefighters gain ground, some evacuations lifted: Northern California fires update," 9 July 2018 The Owls had rented rooms and equipment through this weekend, not anticipating such an early exit from competition, so some have filled their newfound free time by taking in other races while others have made the journey to London. Ben Pope, Philly.com, "Temple can't escape an American dynasty at England's Henley Royal Regatta," 6 July 2018 That didn’t stop the Colts from signing him, which tells you that the Colts don’t anticipate asking him to block anyone. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 The whole point of a Space Force is to anticipate the next war, one in which a near-peer nation could threaten American satellites with weapons fired in space or into orbit from the ground. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 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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