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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And perhaps most alluring to image-conscious billionaires who want to be seen as modern-day Rockefellers or Carnegies: An anticipated gold mine of positive PR. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The new hotness for tech billionaires? Do-gooder investments they can write off on their taxes.," 16 Oct. 2018 The anticipated North American trek kicks off on Sept. 6 in Atlanta. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Childish Gambino Brings Ultimate Summer Vibes With Two New Tracks: Listen," 11 July 2018 Ahead of the anticipated return of Emmy-winning FX series Atlanta (season 2 starts tonight!), creator Donald Glover appeared on last night's Late Show with Stephen Colbert and was joined by a very special—and adorable—guest. Shannon Mahanty, Vogue, "Watch Donald Glover Buy 100 Cookies From the Adorable Girl Scout Who Covered His Song "Redbone"," 1 Mar. 2018 Typically lawmakers announcing new legislation don’t feel the need to simultaneously try to rebut anticipated claims that the bill is unconstitutional. James Freeman, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren’s Unconstitutional Wealth Tax," 25 Jan. 2019 Other species face different threats, including drought from the anticipated effects of climate change. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "More Than Half of Coffee Species Are in Danger of Extinction," 16 Jan. 2019 Kentucky, winner of the SEC tournament, drew Davidson, winner of the Atlantic-10 conference, in what will most certainly be one of the most anticipated matchups of the week, in Boise, Idaho. Zach Schonbrun And Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Tournament Bracket: Analysis of Each Region," 12 Mar. 2018 The 18-year-old reality star first appeared as an exclusive at the Marc Jacobs show—arguably the most anticipated show of New York. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Kendall Jenner the Next Top Model?," 2 Mar. 2014 Fast forward five years later, and Menashe and his wife, pastry chef and Bestia co-owner Genevieve Gergis, will open Bavel — maybe the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year — on Friday. Jenn Harris,, "Bestia chefs to open Bavel Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown L.A. on Friday," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of anticipated

1814, in the meaning defined above

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