an·​tic·​i·​pat·​ed | \ an-ˈti-sə-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce anticipated (audio) \

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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Synonyms for anticipated


awaited, due, expected, scheduled, slated

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Both are hotly anticipated PC games, both scheduled to release this summer, and now both are exclusive to Epic—at least at release. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Obsidian's Outer Worlds and Remedy's Control lead a new wave of Epic Games Store exclusives," 20 Mar. 2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World The sequel to the blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon was one of the hotly anticipated sequels of early 2019, along with LEGO Movie 2—and they were released only two weeks apart. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Animated Movies of 2019 Even Grown-Ups Will Obsess Over," 13 Mar. 2019 In one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, Ariana Grande shined bright in a stunning array of outfits throughout her Coachella performance. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Every Outfit Ariana Grande Wore For Her Coachella Weekend 1 Performance," 15 Apr. 2019 Uber and Lyft are both revving up for two of the most anticipated IPOs of 2019. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Lyft Prices IPO at $72, the Latest Move In Its Money-Raising Battle With Uber," 28 Mar. 2019 Tencent Music Entertainment Group postponed its highly anticipated initial public offering until at least November, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the Chinese tech company’s plans. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Jittery Investors Deepen Stock Fall," 11 Oct. 2018 Jack Taylor/Getty Images; Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images US President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next week in one of the most anticipated summits in years. Alex Ward, Vox, "The 4 key things to watch for at the Trump-Putin summit," 13 July 2018 Facebook and Twitter made a hotly anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill today, as top executives sat for a day’s worth of questions from lawmakers related to election interference, political bias, and more. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The 7 biggest moments from today’s social media hearings," 5 Sep. 2018 Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who started in September, has tried to move Uber past a string of scandals under his predecessor and chart a course toward its hotly anticipated initial public offering next year. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Faces Federal Investigation Over Alleged Gender Discrimination," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of anticipated

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anticipated was in 1814

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a strong desire or propensity

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