anticipate
verb (-pated; -pating) Etymology: Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare, from ante- + -cipare (from capere to take) — more at heave Date: 1532 transitive verb 1. to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to 2. to meet (an obligation) before a due date 3. to foresee and deal with in advance ; forestall 4. to use or expend in advance of actual possession 5. to act before (another) often so as to check or counter 6. to look forward to as certain ; expect intransitive verb to speak or write in knowledge or expectation of later matter Synonyms: see foresee, preventanticipatable adjectiveanticipator noun

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  • Anticipate — An*tic i*pate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Anticipated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Anticipating}.] [L. anticipatus, p. p. of anticipare to anticipate; ante + capere to make. See {Capable}.] 1. To be before in doing; to do or take before another; to preclude or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anticipate — [an tis′ə pāt΄] vt. anticipated, anticipating [< L anticipatus, pp. of anticipare < ante , before + * capare < capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to look forward to; expect [to anticipate a pleasant vacation] 2. to make happen earlier;… …   English World dictionary

  • anticipate — UK US /ænˈtɪsɪpeɪt/ verb [T] ► to imagine or expect that something will happen: anticipate problems/difficulties »It s always best to anticipate problems before they arise. »The anticipated inflation figure is lower than last month s. anticipate… …   Financial and business terms

  • anticipate — an·tic·i·pate /an ti sə ˌpāt/ vt pat·ed, pat·ing 1: to bar or invalidate (a patent) by anticipation the patent on the compound had been anticipated by the Beilstein reference Misani v. Ortho Pharm. Corp., 210 A.2d 609 (1965) 2: to negate the… …   Law dictionary

  • anticipate — 1. Here lies another of the great usage battlegrounds, where the conflict is all the more fraught for overlapping meanings that confuse the issue. The two primary and undisputed meanings are (1) to be aware of (a thing) in advance and act… …   Modern English usage

  • anticipate — (v.) 1530s, to cause to happen sooner, a back formation from ANTICIPATION (Cf. anticipation), or else from L. anticipatus, pp. of anticipare take (care of) ahead of time, lit. taking into possession beforehand, from ante before (see ANTE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • anticipate — [v1] expect; predict assume, await, bargain for*, be afraid*, conjecture, count chickens*, count on, cross the bridge*, divine, entertain*, figure, forecast, foresee, foretaste, foretell, have a hunch*, hope for, jump the gun*, look for, look… …   New thesaurus

  • anticipate — 1 forestall, *prevent Analogous words: introduce, *enter: *foretell, forecast, presage: *frustrate, thwart, balk Antonyms: consummate Contrasted words: finish, complete, terminate, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • anticipate — ► VERB 1) be aware of (a future event) and prepare for it. 2) regard as probable. 3) look forward to. 4) act or happen before. DERIVATIVES anticipator noun anticipatory adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • anticipate — an|tic|i|pate S3 [ænˈtısıpeıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of anticipare, from ante ( ANTE ) + capere to take ] 1.) to expect that something will happen and be ready for it ▪ Sales are better than anticipated.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • anticipate */*/ — UK [ænˈtɪsɪpeɪt] / US [ænˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms anticipate : present tense I/you/we/they anticipate he/she/it anticipates present participle anticipating past tense anticipated past participle anticipated 1) to think that… …   English dictionary

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