Verb anticipate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


anticipate (third-person singular simple present anticipates, present participle anticipating, simple past and past participle anticipated)

  1. (transitive) To act before (someone), especially to prevent an action.
  2. to take up or introduce (something) prematurely.
  3. to know of (something) before it happens; to expect.
  4. to eagerly wait for (something)

More definition: realize beforehand; foretaste or foresee, to anticipate pleasure. expect; look forward to; be sure of, to anticipate a favorable decision. perform (an action) before another has had time to act. answer (a question), obey (a command), or satisfy (a request) before it is made, He anticipated each of my orders. nullify, prevent, or forestall by taking countermeasures in advance, to anticipate a military attack. consider or mention before the proper time, to anticipate more difficult questions. be before (another) in doing, thinking, achieving, etc., Many modern inventions were anticipated by Leonardo da Vinci.

8.Finance. to expend (funds) before they are legitimately available for use. to discharge (an obligation) before it is due. think, speak, act, or feel an emotional response in advance.

1. (may take a clause as object) to foresee and act in advance of, he anticipated the fall in value by selling early

2. to thwart by acting in advance of; forestall, I anticipated his punch by moving out of reach

3. (also intransitive) to mention (something) before its proper time, don't anticipate the climax of the story

4. (may take a clause as object) to regard as likely; expect; foresee, he anticipated that it would happen

5. to make use of in advance of possession, he anticipated his salary in buying a house

6. to pay (a bill, etc) before it falls due

7. to cause to happen sooner, the spread of nationalism anticipated the decline of the Empire Derived Formsanticipator, nounanticipatory, anticipative, adjectiveanticipatorily, anticipatively, adverb Usage noteThe use of anticipate to mean expect should be avoided Word OriginC16, from Latin anticipāre to take before, realize beforehand, from anti-ante- + capere to takeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1530s, "to cause to happen sooner," a back-formation from anticipation, or else from Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare "take (care of) ahead of time," literally "taking into possession beforehand," from ante "before" (see ante) + capere "to take" (see capable).Later "to be aware of (something) coming at a future time" (1640s). Used in the sense of "expect, look forward to" since 1749, but anticipate has an element of "prepare for, forestall" that should prevent its being used as a synonym for expect. Related, Anticipated; anticipating.


It was uncanny the way he could anticipate trouble.

She always seemed to know what was going on inside people's heads, and to anticipate how a person would react to a given circumstance.

In this respect the history of Aegina does but anticipate the history of Greece as a whole.

If the consolidation took place with comparative uniformity we might then anticipate the formation of a vast multitude of small planets such as those we actually do find in the region between the orbit of Mars and that of Jupiter.

David Leslie, the best of the Scottish generals, was promptly despatched against Montrose to anticipate the invasion.

Regarding heat (matiere de feu or fluide igne) as a peculiar kind of imponderable matter, Lavoisier held that the three states of aggregation - solid, liquid and gas - were modes of matter, each depending on the amount of matiere de feu with which the ponderable substances concerned were interpenetrated and combined; and this view enabled him correctly to anticipate that gases would be reduced to liquids and solids by the influence of cold and pressure.

To anticipate, not the sunrise and the dawn merely, but, if possible, Nature herself!

Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform?

Still less did she understand why he, kindhearted and always ready to anticipate her wishes, should become almost desperate when she brought him a petition from some peasant men or women who had appealed to her to be excused some work; why he, that kind Nicholas, should obstinately refuse her, angrily asking her not to interfere in what was not her business.

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