I. verb — [with obj.] 1. regard as probable; expect or predict • she anticipated scorn on her return to the theatre
• [with clause]
it was anticipated that the rains would slow the military campaign.
2. guess or be aware of (what will happen) and take action in order to be prepared • they failed to anticipate a full-scale invasion.
3. look forward to • Stephen was eagerly anticipating the break from the routine of business.
4. act as a forerunner or precursor of • he anticipated Bates’s theories on mimicry and protective coloration.
5. come or take place before (an event or process expected or scheduled for a later time). • this is to anticipate the argument.
II. derivatives 1. anticipative /ˌanˈtɪsɪpeɪtɪv / adjective
2. anticipator /ˌanˈtɪsɪpeɪtə / noun
– origin mid 16th cent. (in the senses ‘to take something into consideration’, ‘mention something before the proper time’): from Latin anticipat- ‘acted in advance’, from anticipare, based on ante- ‘before’ + capere ‘take’.