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

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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Clearly, some big market participants were anticipating slower growth, especially in the face of the US-China trade war. Wired, "What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth," 4 Sep. 2019 And development has been a longer process than Semma anticipated. Damian Garde, STAT, "Vertex’s next act: a billion-dollar bet on a cure for type 1 diabetes," 3 Sep. 2019 The finish, however, was precisely what Paul Chryst and has staff wanted but probably didn't anticipate: A comfortable 49-0 victory over South Florida. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No. 19 UW 49, South Florida 0: Mother Nature can only delay the inevitable as Badgers win in rout," 30 Aug. 2019 Board members plan to further review the findings and anticipate discussing future steps at their Sept. 10 regular meeting. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "LCUSD voters support renewing $450 parcel tax indefinitely, survey says," 28 Aug. 2019 Further Reading SpaceX’s Starship prototype has taken flight for the first time Although SpaceX does not anticipate losing the Starhopper vehicle, which measures 20 meters tall, this will be the vehicle's last flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX scrubs Starhopper test flight on Monday evening [Updated]," 26 Aug. 2019 All that vegetation can instantly turn into fuel for a big blaze, and agencies across the state anticipate an above-normal fire potential in the coming weeks and months. Rob Nikolewski, Ramona Sentinel, "SDG&E ramps up fire safety efforts," 19 Aug. 2019 After sticking mostly to the ground with star running back Benny Snell in recent years, Kentucky's offense is anticipating a different approach in 2019 without Snell. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Butler High School's Tae Tae Crumes is impressing already with Kentucky football," 16 Aug. 2019 WeWork unveiled the offering documents for its upcoming and highly anticipated IPO on Wednesday morning. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "WeWork filed its IPO -- now meet its We Double," 14 Aug. 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 entry 1

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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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