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.
- anticipatory assimilation
Origin of anticipate
Examples from the Web for anticipate
These insights and discoveries help PepsiCo anticipate, rather than react to, an ever-changing consumer landscape.
"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|Tim Mak|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not at all hard to anticipate additional forces—Turkmens and others—joining the fray in the future.
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|DAILY BEAST
But the killers clearly failed to anticipate the uproar that would follow.
With the war effectually over we enter a new economic era, and its immediate effect on prices is difficult to anticipate.Herbert Hoover|Vernon Kellogg
He sought very diligently to anticipate some at least of these informing thrusts by making great use of Coote.Kipps|H. G. Wells
It is when our forgiveness is tainted that we anticipate the “sweetness” of revenge.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year|John Henry Jowett
With this view, I endeavoured to anticipate the course which such a history would take.The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the|Thomas Clarkson
Little did we imagine or anticipate that we should be so deviously betrayed from our subject.
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.