- 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.
- to think, speak, act, or feel an emotional response in advance.
Origin of anticipate
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Contemporary Examples of anticipated
When the song ended, Wembore anticipated a fight and took off, pleased with the subversion of his dance.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
“I certainly would not have anticipated the degree to which this has become a huge issue again,” he says.The Agony of Cosby’s Biographer: Why Mark Whitaker Ignored Rape Allegations
November 20, 2014
He does not seem to have anticipated that she could have maintained such remarkable presence of mind.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
Such an outcome, because it is unavoidable, must be anticipated.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money
November 18, 2014
Check out a sneak peek of one of the most anticipated films of the year.Exclusive: Watch a Clip From ‘Birdman,’ Featuring an Award-Worthy Turn by Michael Keaton
October 1, 2014
Historical Examples of anticipated
Had the encounter been anticipated his composure would perhaps have failed him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Among his friends his speech was anticipated with lively interest.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
As might be anticipated, the poem is in the heroic measure of Pope.De Libris: Prose and Verse
He felt that his visit had not been at all the brilliant success he had anticipated.In the Midst of Alarms
He was, however, anticipated by the voice of the ingenuous and youthful Alice.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- (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
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.