- to realize beforehand; foretaste or foresee: to anticipate pleasure.
- to expect; look forward to; be sure of: to anticipate a favorable decision.
- to perform (an action) before another has had time to act.
- to answer (a question), obey (a command), or satisfy (a request) before it is made: He anticipated each of my orders.
- to nullify, prevent, or forestall by taking countermeasures in advance: to anticipate a military attack.
- to consider or mention before the proper time: to anticipate more difficult questions.
- to be before (another) in doing, thinking, achieving, etc.: Many modern inventions were anticipated by Leonardo da Vinci.
- to expend (funds) before they are legitimately available for use.
- to discharge (an obligation) before it is due.
- to think, speak, act, or feel an emotional response in advance.
Origin of anticipate
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Examples from the Web for anticipate
These insights and discoveries help PepsiCo anticipate, rather than react to, an ever-changing consumer landscape.The Science of Ingredient Innovation
December 15, 2014
"We anticipate that when we first start training, we won't have that many [recruits] to begin with," said a defense official.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
It is not at all hard to anticipate additional forces—Turkmens and others—joining the fray in the future.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
The officers explained that those Sikhs had been lynched to death and that Singh ought to anticipate the same fate for himself.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
But the killers clearly failed to anticipate the uproar that would follow.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
She was distrustful of the future, and apt to anticipate bad fortune.Brave and Bold
This junction O'Neill was determined to defeat, and did defeat it;—but let us not anticipate.Ridgeway
But I do not anticipate that we shall ever have much malgamite on our hands.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
But we need not anticipate evil: that is to send out for the suffering.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Not to anticipate events, however, we will now return to the party in the launch.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
- (may take a clause as object) to foresee and act in advance ofhe anticipated the fall in value by selling early
- to thwart by acting in advance of; forestallI anticipated his punch by moving out of reach
- (also intr) to mention (something) before its proper timedon't anticipate the climax of the story
- (may take a clause as object) to regard as likely; expect; foreseehe anticipated that it would happen
- to make use of in advance of possessionhe anticipated his salary in buying a house
- to pay (a bill, etc) before it falls due
- to cause to happen soonerthe spread of nationalism anticipated the decline of the Empire
Word Origin and History for anticipate
1530s, "to cause to happen sooner," a back-formation from anticipation, or else from Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare "take (care of) ahead of time," literally "taking into possession beforehand," from ante "before" (see ante) + capere "to take" (see capable).
Later "to be aware of (something) coming at a future time" (1640s). Used in the sense of "expect, look forward to" since 1749, but anticipate has an element of "prepare for, forestall" that should prevent its being used as a synonym for expect. Related: Anticipated; anticipating.