Anticipate Definition

anticipated, anticipates, anticipating
anticipated, anticipates, anticipating
To see as a probable occurrence; expect.
We hadn't anticipated the crowds at the zoo. I anticipated that you might be in a hurry.
American Heritage
To look forward to; expect.
To anticipate a pleasant vacation.
Webster's New World
To speak of or consider a matter prematurely.
Webster's New World
To think of (a future event) with pleasure; look forward to.
She anticipated a pleasant hike in the country.
American Heritage
To make happen earlier; precipitate.
Webster's New World

Origin of Anticipate

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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