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 unanticipated
I mean, it has very little to do with the unanticipated uses.The Internet Won’t Save Us: Evgeny Morozov’s Stand Against Technology Solutionism|Robert Herritt|March 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They can also have unintended and unanticipated consequences.Banning the Big Gulp and Taxing Sodas Are Lousy Solutions to the Obesity Problem|Richard B. McKenzie|June 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, the conservative activist Ralph Reed called it “an unanticipated gift to the Romney campaign.”
And in some places, it has worked out—but with unanticipated complications.
Despite years in adult entertainment, this exposure of her private life was unprecedented and unanticipated, says Foster.
For it was a charm; an actual feminine, an unanticipated personal, charm; past reach of tongue to name, wordless in thought.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
Twelve days later M. Waldeck-Rousseau died, having lived just long enough to see this unanticipated result of his policy.
An unanticipated harvest of honour—an unexpected promise of abundant prize-money was within their reach.History of the War in Afghanistan, Vol. I (of 3)|Sir John William Kaye
It comes at once, unanticipated by the person in whom we behold it.Thoughts on Man|William Godwin
This unanticipated set-back left Morrow without definite resource.The Crevice|William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
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.