- 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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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
March 5, 2013
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
Meanwhile, the conservative activist Ralph Reed called it “an unanticipated gift to the Romney campaign.”Religious Right to Obama: Duh!
May 10, 2012
And in some places, it has worked out—but with unanticipated complications.Back to School for the Billionaires
May 2, 2011
Despite years in adult entertainment, this exposure of her private life was unprecedented and unanticipated, says Foster.The Person Behind the Porn Wikileaks Website
April 1, 2011
But disaster, all unanticipated, came upon them with the sweep of the whirlwind.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The girls grumbled at this unanticipated tightening of the reins.The Madcap of the School
He had met with unanticipated difficulties in his investigation.The Goose Man
Christmas came, and with it an unanticipated call from Miss.In the Year of Jubilee
At times she thought there was some check on it, unanticipated by Sir James.The House of Defence v. 2
E. F. Benson
- not anticipated; unforeseen
- (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 and History for unanticipated
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.