- The definition of anticipate is to think and/or talk ahead about what may happen, and either take action beforehand to handle the situation or be ready to respond when the time occurs.
An example of anticipate is to put away extra money for the family vacation in case the car breaks down or someone needs medical attention.
- The definition of anticipate is to complete a task before a deadline.
An example of anticipate is to turn in a school project before the due date.
- Anticipate means to use up something before you have it.
An example of anticipate is when a person writes checks for all his bills before his next paycheck is deposited.
- Anticipate is defined as to act in advance, usually as an effort to stay ahead of someone else.
An example of anticipate is when before asking for a divorce a wife knows her husband will ask for custody of the kids, so she has a Private Investigator follow him to prove he is cheating, thus thwarting his future custody attempts.
- The definition of anticipate is to be happy and excited about something upcoming.
An example of anticipate is the feeling a woman gets as she looks forward to her wedding day.
- Anticipate means to communicate (verbally or written) on a topic, expressing a personal belief or idea as to what will happen later.
An example of anticipate is when a mother writes a note to her teenage daughter, telling her when she gets home from work she expects the weather will be nice enough to go play tennis.
- to look forward to; expect: to anticipate a pleasant vacation
- to make happen earlier; precipitate
- to prevent by action in advance; forestall: to anticipate an opponent's blows
- to foresee (a command, wish, etc.) and perform in advance: to anticipate a request
- to use or enjoy in advance: to anticipate a legacy
- to be ahead of in doing or achieving: did the Vikings anticipate Columbus in discovering America?
- to pay (a debt) before due
Origin: ; from Classical Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare ; from ante-, before plush an unverified form capare ; from capere, to take: see have
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verb an·tic·i·pat·ed, an·tic·i·pat·ing, an·tic·i·pates verb, transitive
- To feel or realize beforehand; foresee: hadn't anticipated the crowds at the zoo.
- To look forward to, especially with pleasure; expect: anticipated a pleasant hike in the country.
- To deal with beforehand; act so as to mitigate, nullify, or prevent: anticipated the storm by boarding up the windows. See Synonyms at expect.
- To cause to happen in advance; accelerate.
- To use in advance, as income not yet available.
- To pay (a debt) before it is due.
Origin: Latin anticipāre, anticipāt-, to take before : ante-, ante- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- an·ticˈi·patˌa·ble adjective
- an·ticˈi·paˌtor noun
- an·ticˈi·pa·toˌry adjective