[ an-tis-uh-peyt ]
/ ænˈtɪs əˌpeɪt /
verb (used with object), an·tic·i·pat·ed, an·tic·i·pat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), an·tic·i·pat·ed, an·tic·i·pat·ing.
to think, speak, act, or feel an emotional response in advance.
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Origin of anticipate
SYNONYMS FOR anticipate
1 See expect.
5 preclude, obviate.
an·tic·i·pat·a·ble, adjectivean·tic·i·pa·tor, nounpre·an·tic·i·pate, verb (used with object), pre·an·tic·i·pat·ed, pre·an·tic·i·pat·ing.un·an·tic·i·pat·ed, adjective
un·an·tic·i·pat·ing, adjectiveun·an·tic·i·pat·ing·ly, adverbwell-an·tic·i·pat·ed, adjective
Despite claims that anticipate should only be used to mean “to perform (an action) or respond to (a question, etc.) in advance” or “to forestall,” it has been used widely since the 18th century as a synonym for expect, often with an implication of pleasure: We anticipate a large turnout at the next meeting. This use is standard in all types of speech and writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for anticipatable
/ (ænˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt) /
verb (mainly tr)
(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
Derived Formsanticipator, nounanticipatory or anticipative, adjectiveanticipatorily or anticipatively, adverb
Word Origin for anticipate
C16: from Latin anticipāre to take before, realize beforehand, from anti- ante- + capere to take
The use of anticipate to mean expect should be avoided
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