an·​tic·​i·​pat·​ed | \an-ˈti-sə-ˌpā-təd \

Definition of anticipated 

: expected or looked-forward to A large crowd gathered for his (eagerly) anticipated arrival. making plans for the anticipated budget cuts Thanks to the generosity and hard work of countless talented designers, these highly anticipated events raise funds to benefit valuable, important causes …Traditional Home

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awaited, due, expected, scheduled, slated

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If the Fed sticks to its anticipated policy path, the rate could reach its estimated neutral level by next spring or summer. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Trade Policies Complicate Economic Outlook," 12 July 2018 Residents also were angry with the anticipated traffic increases and changes to the property. Ted Gregory,, "U. of C.'s Yerkes Observatory has been a cherished icon for decades. Now it's for sale, and people are nervous," 5 July 2018 Red Hen Tentatively expected to reopen on Thursday — with local police on hand for anticipated protests — the Red Hen has a mixed record with health inspectors. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Trump vs. Red Hen restaurant: Eateries in Trump properties also dinged for violations," 5 July 2018 Martin’s testimony has been one of the most anticipated moments of the trial. Cecilia Kang,, "Turner Broadcasting pushes back against Justice Dept. in fight over ATT-Time Warner merger," 28 Mar. 2018 The council hearing comes days before the anticipated release of a Northeastern University report on the police body camera pilot program in Boston. Milton J. Valencia,, "Council to discuss new technology for law enforcement, including surveillance drones," 19 June 2018 By contrast, a spread of 3 percentage points to 5 percentage points shrinks the anticipated return to about 5%. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Investors Continue to Abandon Risky Bond Funds," 31 Mar. 2018 The Tesla Model 3, the most anticipated car on the planet, takes this to an absurd level. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.," 27 June 2018 LeBron James will lead the Cavs to his eighth straight finals appearance, 4-1 -- Christopher Brito In the most anticipated playoff matchup, the Rockets will host the Warriors in a battle set to be defined by each team's offensive prowess. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "How to watch NBA Playoffs 2018: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of anticipated

1814, in the meaning defined above

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