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.

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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.

usage note for anticipate

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM anticipate

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Example sentences from the Web for unanticipated

British Dictionary definitions for unanticipated (1 of 2)

unanticipated
/ (ˌʌnænˈtɪsɪˌpeɪtɪd) /

adjective

not anticipated; unforeseen

British Dictionary definitions for unanticipated (2 of 2)

anticipate
/ (ænˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of anticipate

anticipator, 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 for anticipate

The use of anticipate to mean expect should be avoided
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