Anticipate meaning

ăn-tĭsə-pāt
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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To serve as a forerunner to or previous indication of.

Her research in the previous decade anticipated these findings.

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To use in advance, as income not yet available.
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To pay (a debt) before it is due.
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To look forward to; expect.

To anticipate a pleasant vacation.

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To prevent by action in advance; forestall.

To anticipate an opponent's blows.

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To foresee (a command, wish, etc.) and perform in advance.

To anticipate a request.

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To use or enjoy in advance.

To anticipate a legacy.

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To be ahead of in doing or achieving.

Did the Vikings anticipate Columbus in discovering America?

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To pay (a debt) before due.
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To speak of or consider a matter prematurely.
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To act before (someone), especially to prevent an action.

To anticipate and prevent the duke's purpose. --R. Hall.

He would probably have died by the hand of the executioner, if indeed the executioner had not been anticipated by the populace. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.

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To take up or introduce (something) prematurely.

The advocate plans to anticipate a part of her argument.

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To eagerly wait for (something)

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

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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.

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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.

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To think, speak, or write about a matter in advance.
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To make happen earlier; precipitate.
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Origin of anticipate

  • Latin anticipāre anticipāt- to take before ante- ante- capere to take kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin anticipatus, perfect passive participle of anticipare (“anticipate”); from ante (“before”), + capere (“take”). See Capable.

    From Wiktionary