Synonyms & Antonyms of anticipate

1 to believe in the future occurrence of (something)
  • I anticipate that we'll be seeing you for New Year's

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2 to realize or know about beforehand
  • I anticipated this unhelpful response

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How is the word anticipate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of anticipate are divine, foreknow, and foresee. While all these words mean "to know beforehand," anticipate implies taking action about or responding emotionally to something before it happens.

the waiter anticipated our every need

How are the words divine and foresee related as synonyms of anticipate?

Divine adds to foresee the suggestion of exceptional wisdom or discernment.

was able to divine Europe's rapid recovery from the war

When would foreknow be a good substitute for anticipate?

Although the words foreknow and anticipate have much in common, foreknow usually implies supernatural assistance, as through revelation.

if only we could foreknow our own destinies

In what contexts can foresee take the place of anticipate?

The synonyms foresee and anticipate are sometimes interchangeable, but foresee implies nothing about how the knowledge is derived and may apply to ordinary reasoning and experience.

economists should have foreseen the recession

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The first known use of anticipate was in 1532

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“Anticipate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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