anticipate /anˈtɪsɪpeɪt/


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 /

2. anticipator /ˌanˈtɪsɪpeɪtə /

– 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’.

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