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.

Definitions of anticipate

v regard something as probable or likely

await, expect, look, wait
look forward to the probable occurrence of
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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
believe, trust
be confident about something
construct, reconstruct, retrace
reassemble mentally
presuppose, suppose
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
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evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v be excited or anxious about

look for, look to
apprehend, quail at
anticipate with dread or anxiety
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await, expect, look, wait
look forward to the probable occurrence of

v realize beforehand

foreknow, foresee, previse
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be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt

v act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

counter, foresee, forestall
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act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v make a prediction about; tell in advance

call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
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interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
outguess, second-guess
attempt to anticipate or predict
predict from an omen
bet, wager
maintain with or as if with a bet
calculate, forecast
predict in advance
prophesy, vaticinate
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
enlighten, irradiate
give spiritual insight to; in religion
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guess, hazard, pretend, venture
put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

v be a forerunner of or occur earlier than

“This composition anticipates Impressionism”
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come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

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