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anticipate

[ an-tis-uh-peyt ]
/ 忙n藞t瑟s 蓹藢pe瑟t /
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to think, speak, act, or feel an emotional response in advance.
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Origin of anticipate

First recorded in 1525鈥35; from Latin anticip膩tus 鈥渢aken before, anticipated鈥 (past participle of anticip膩re ), equivalent to anti- (variant of ante- ante-) + -cip- (combining form of capere 鈥渢o take鈥) + -膩tus -ate1

usage note for anticipate

Despite claims that anticipate should only be used to mean 鈥渢o perform (an action) or respond to (a question, etc.) in advance鈥 or 鈥渢o forestall,鈥 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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To anticipate something is to look forward to it or to be sure of it. How is anticipate different from expect, hope, and await? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for anticipate

anticipate
/ (忙n藞t瑟s瑟藢pe瑟t) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of anticipate

anticipator, nounanticipatory or anticipative, adjectiveanticipatorily or anticipatively, adverb

Word Origin for anticipate

C16: from Latin anticip膩re to take before, realize beforehand, from anti- ante- + capere to take

usage for anticipate

The use of anticipate to mean expect should be avoided
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