Anticipate

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 anticipate — anticipatable, adj. anticipator, n. /an tis euh payt /, v.t., anticipated, anticipating. 1. to realize beforehand; foretaste or foresee: to anticipate pleasure. 2. to expect; look forward to; be sure of: to anticipate a favorable decision. 3. to… …

    Universalium

  • 13 anticipate — 01. Police are [anticipating] a rise in crime this summer when many tourists are in town, and criminals are out trying to steal cameras and purses. 02. I had [anticipated] that the Liberal Party would win the election. 03. I sometimes… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 anticipate — [[t]æntɪ̱sɪpeɪt[/t]] anticipates, anticipating, anticipated 1) VERB If you anticipate an event, you realize in advance that it may happen and you are prepared for it. [V n] At the time we couldn t have anticipated the result of our campaigning …

    English dictionary

  • 15 anticipate — an|tic|i|pate [ æn tısı,peıt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to think that something will probably happen: The organizers hadn t anticipated the huge interest there was in the event. The building will be completed around six months earlier than… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 anticipate — [c]/ænˈtɪsəpeɪt / (say an tisuhpayt) verb (anticipated, anticipating) –verb (t) 1. to realise beforehand; foretaste or foresee: *As the alpha animal I had to preserve my moral superiority; I had to anticipate and forestall a revolt –dal stivens,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 anticipate — verb 1) we don t anticipate any trouble Syn: expect, foresee, predict, be prepared for, bargain on, reckon on; informal figure on 2) the defender must anticipate the attacker s moves Syn: preempt, forestall, second guess; informal beat someone to …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 anticipate — [ænˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt] verb [T] 1) to think that something will probably happen Organizers say they do not anticipate any difficulties.[/ex] We anticipate that the river level will rise very slowly.[/ex] 2) to guess that something will happen, and be… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 anticipate — an•tic•i•pate [[t]ænˈtɪs əˌpeɪt[/t]] v. pat•ed, pat•ing 1) to realize or feel beforehand; foretaste or foresee: to anticipate pleasure[/ex] 2) to expect; look forward to, esp. confidently or with pleasure 3) to perform (an action) before another… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 anticipate — v. 1) (G) we anticipate spending two weeks here 2) (K) we anticipated his winning first prize 3) (L) I anticipated that they would be late * * * [æn tɪsɪpeɪt] (G) we anticipate spending two weeks here (K) we anticipated his winning first prize… …

    Combinatory dictionary