• (British) IPA: /ænˈtɪs.ɪ.peɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ænˈtɪs.ə.peɪt/

anticipate (anticipates, present participle anticipating; past and past participle anticipated)

  1. (transitive) To act before (someone), especially to prevent an action.
    • to anticipate and prevent the duke's purpose
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 20, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  2. to take up or introduce (something) prematurely.
    The advocate plans to anticipate a part of her argument.
  3. to know of (something) before it happens; to expect.
    to anticipate the pleasures of a visit
    to anticipate the evils of life
    Please anticipate a journey of an hour from your house to the airport
  4. to eagerly wait for (something)
    Little Johnny started to anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus a week before Christmas.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • Italian: anticipare
  • Portuguese: antecipar-se
  • Russian: опережа́ть
  • Portuguese: antecipar
  • Russian: предвосхища́ть

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