verb (used with object), an·tic·i·pat·ed, an·tic·i·pat·ing.
- 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.
Origin of anticipate
Synonyms for anticipate
Related Words for anticipateforesee, assume, await, forecast, see, delay, prevent, forestall, conjecture, visualize, figure, prophesy, entertain, foretell, suppose, prognosticate, divine, wait, hinder, apprehend
Examples from the Web for anticipate
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of anticipate
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
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin 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.