To anticipate something is to be expecting it. Your dog might be waiting by the door, anticipating his next walk or squirrel chase.
"Anticipating something" also often implies that you are preparing to take some action because of your expectations — like when you anticipate your chess opponent's next move and plan a counterattack. The word anticipate can also mean "to come beforehand" — as in a certain musical trend anticipating another.
v regard something as probable or likely
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guess, imagine, opine, reckon, suppose, think
expect, believe, or suppose
assume, presume, take for granted
take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
be confident about something
construct, reconstruct, retrace
take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
develop, explicate, formulate
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
v realize beforehand
v act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
v make a prediction about; tell in advance
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interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
attempt to anticipate or predict
predict from an omen
maintain with or as if with a bet
predict in advance
predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
divine by gazing into crystals
foretell through or as if through the power of prophecy
give spiritual insight to; in religion