- Anticipating is defined as thinking and/or talking about something ahead of time, and either taking action in order to be prepared or being ready to respond at the time of the unforeseen circumstance.
An example of anticipating is bringing rain gear on a hike in case clouds roll in.
- The definition of anticipating is getting something done ahead of schedule.
An example of anticipating is filing taxes before the deadline.
- Anticipating is using up something before one possess it.
An example of anticipating is getting money ahead of time by taking a full advance on a paycheck.
- Anticipating is defined as acting ahead of time, often trying to be ahead of someone else’s actions.
An example of anticipating is when a parent knows their child will use the excuse of not having the supplies needed in order to do a school project, so they pick up all the supplies ahead of time, and then remind their child to get going on it.
- Anticipating means being barely able to contain yourself with the excitement of an upcoming event.
An example of anticipating is feeling super excited and unable to stop thinking about an upcoming vacation to Hawaii.
- The definition of anticipating is speaking or writing on a topic, conveying a personal wish or idea as to what will later occur.
An example of anticipating is when a woman is nervous knowing her husband will be mad when he finds out how much she charged on her last shopping spree.
Variant of anticipate
- 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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