anticipate

[ an-tis-uh-peyt ]
/ ænˈtɪs əˌpeɪt /

verb (used with object), an·tic·i·pat·ed, an·tic·i·pat·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. anticholinesterase,
  2. antichrist,
  3. antichristian,
  4. antichthon,
  5. anticipant,
  6. anticipated,
  7. anticipation,
  8. anticipative,
  9. anticipatory,
  10. anticipatory assimilation

Origin of anticipate

1525–35; < Latin anticipātus taken before, anticipated (past participle of anticipāre), equivalent to anti- (variant of ante- ante-) + -cip- (combining form of capere to take) + -ātus -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR anticipate
1. See expect. 5. preclude, obviate.

Related forms

Usage note

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 anticipate

anticipate

/ (ænˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt) /

verb (mainly tr)

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

usage

The use of anticipate to mean expect should be avoided

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Word Origin and History for anticipate

anticipate

v.

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.

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