Definition of anticipate
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.
: to speak or write in knowledge or expectation of later matter
anticipatableplay \-ˌpā-tə-bəl\ adjective
anticipatorplay \-ˌpā-tər\ noun
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.
Origin and Etymology of anticipate
Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare, from ante- + -cipare (from capere to take) — more at heave
First Known Use: 1532
Synonym Discussion of anticipate
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
ANTICIPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anticipate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of anticipate for Students
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
Medical Definition of anticipate
transitive verb: to give advance thought to
intransitive verb: to come before the expected time—used especially of medical symptoms
Legal Definition of anticipate
1 : to bar or invalidate (a patent) by anticipation the patent on the compound had been anticipated by the Beilstein reference — Misani 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 mirror — Wilson v. Bristol-Myers Co., 503 N.Y.S.2d 334 (1986)
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