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 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|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Lloyd Grove|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He does not seem to have anticipated that she could have maintained such remarkable presence of mind.
Such an outcome, because it is unavoidable, must be anticipated.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money|Charlie Winter|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The influence of this work on the public mind was such as might have been anticipated.
It appears that there is a powerful moral effect that follows this loss, as might, in the majority, be anticipated.History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present|Peter Charles Remondino
This was a turn in the affair they had not anticipated, but they were evidently prepared to meet the emergency.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist|Harlan Page Halsey
The power of the captain in these cases was well known, and we all anticipated a difficulty.Sea Stories|Various
This crisis came sooner, perhaps, than either Bert or Rod anticipated.Bert Lloyd's Boyhood|J. McDonald Oxley
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.