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 anticipating
Studies show that people even experience pleasure from anticipating trips.
A bemused line reading sneaks in when you are anticipating a hammy hard sell.
We are not commemorating her—we are cherishing her and celebrating her and anticipating her return.Person of Interest Identified in Disappearance of UVA Student Hannah Graham|Julia Horowitz|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Evanhaim is anticipating a climate in which state-wide regulations require them: “We always want to be ahead of things.”Solar Panels Now Being Offered as a Prebuilt Feature in California|Daniel Gross|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The United States, anticipating a post-Afghanistan war era, is turning its attention to Asia in a so-called “Pacific Pivot.”
It is looking up into your face, and its mouth is open as if anticipating a lump of sugar.The Sorcery Club|Elliott O'Donnell
Then, anticipating the glories of the Exposition, we congratulated ourselves that we had come.
Anticipating an attack on Allatoona, which was held by a small brigade under command of Lieut.-Col.Campfire and Battlefield|Rossiter Johnson
One week only, and the day would come, the pleasures of which we had been anticipating for months.
His brother William Virtue afterwards saved my life—but that is anticipating events somewhat.Forty Years of 'Spy'|Leslie Ward
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.