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

Choose the Right Synonym for anticipate

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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Recent Examples on the Web Forecasters anticipate Eta reaching the Cayman Islands on Saturday and moving over Cuba that night or Sunday. Katelyn Umholtz, NOLA.com, "Eta could re-strengthen into tropical storm on way to Gulf of Mexico; see forecast," 6 Nov. 2020 Political analysts and community activists also anticipate that the contest could come down to which candidate voters believed was more invested in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness and affordable housing. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, "Holly Mitchell leads Herb Wesson in race for L.A. County Board of Supervisors seat," 3 Nov. 2020 Aside from a potential change in butchers and additional solicitation of private property owners to go on their land, city officials anticipate that the annual deer culling program, now entering its fifth year, will remain largely the same. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Thinning the herd: Shaker gives green light to fifth annual deer culling program, with a few changes," 30 Oct. 2020 Officials anticipate the process will take several weeks, and each property can cost about $75,000. oregonlive, "Beachie Creek fire victims get help with hazardous waste cleanup in aftermath," 29 Oct. 2020 Moreover, meteorologists anticipate the storm to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico as soon as early next week. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, "Caribbean system near Florida at 100% chance to develop; Hurricane Epsilon maintains Category 1 strength," 24 Oct. 2020 Organizers for the event anticipate a smaller crowd than in prior years. al, "Everything you need to know about flinging a dead fish into Alabama," 23 Oct. 2020 Under that scenario, many investors anticipate that Democrats would pursue not just additional coronavirus aid but also large-scale infrastructure spending. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Treasury Yields Touch Multi-Month Highs," 21 Oct. 2020 People have the option of voting early and by mail, and officials anticipate clear results might take days, if not weeks. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Election 2020: Police in cities nationwide bracing for potential unrest in days before, after Nov. 3," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of anticipate was in 1532

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Anticipate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anticipate. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for anticipate

anticipate

verb
How to pronounce anticipate (audio)

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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