Definitions for anticipateænˈtɪs əˌpeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•tic•i•pateænˈtɪs əˌpeɪt(v.)-pat•ed, -pat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to realize or feel beforehand; foretaste or foresee:

    to anticipate pleasure.

  2. to expect; look forward to, esp. confidently or with pleasure.

  3. to perform (an action) before another has had time to act.

  4. to answer (a question), obey (a command), or satisfy (a request) before it is made.

  5. to forestall or nullify by taking countermeasures in advance:

    to anticipate an attack.

  6. to consider or mention before the proper time.

  7. to foreshadow the creation of:

    inventions anticipated by Leonardo da Vinci.

  8. to expend (funds) before they are legitimately available for use. to discharge (an obligation) before it is due.

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  9. (v.i.)to think, speak, act, or feel an emotional response in advance.

Origin of anticipate:

1525–35; < L anticipātus, ptp. of anticipāre to take beforehand, anticipate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. expect, anticipate(verb)

    regard something as probable or likely

    "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"

  2. anticipate, foresee, forestall, counter(verb)

    act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

  3. anticipate, previse, foreknow, foresee(verb)

    realize beforehand

  4. predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promise(verb)

    make a prediction about; tell in advance

    "Call the outcome of an election"

  5. anticipate, look for, look to(verb)

    be excited or anxious about

  6. anticipate(verb)

    be a forerunner of or occur earlier than

    "This composition anticipates Impressionism"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. anticipate(verb)ænˈtɪs əˌpeɪt

    to expect sth to happen

    Authorities are not anticipating trouble.; We anticipate that the project will take three years.


  1. anticipate(Verb)

    To act before (someone), especially to prevent an action.

  2. anticipate(Verb)

    to take up or introduce (something) prematurely.

    The advocate plans to anticipate a part of her argument.

  3. anticipate(Verb)

    to know of (something) before it happens; to expect.

  4. anticipate(Verb)

    to eagerly wait for (something)

    Little Johnny started to anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus a week before Christmas.

  5. Origin: anticipatus, perfect passive participle of anticipare; from ante, + capere. See Capable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anticipate(verb)

    to be before in doing; to do or take before another; to preclude or prevent by prior action

  2. Anticipate(verb)

    to take up or introduce beforehand, or before the proper or normal time; to cause to occur earlier or prematurely; as, the advocate has anticipated a part of his argument

  3. Anticipate(verb)

    to foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand that which will be desired

  4. Anticipate(verb)

    to foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or impression of; as, to anticipate the pleasures of a visit; to anticipate the evils of life

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anticipate' in Verbs Frequency: #648

Translations for anticipate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to expect (something)

I'm not anticipating any trouble.

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