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anticipate

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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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look for, look forward to

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


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