Other forms: anticipated; anticipating; anticipates

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
  1. verb
    regard something as probable or likely
    synonyms: expect
    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
    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
    beg the question
    assume that the argument one is trying to prove is true, without arguing for it
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  2. verb
    be excited or anxious about
    synonyms: look for, look to
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    apprehend, quail at
    anticipate with dread or anxiety
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    await, expect, look, wait
    look forward to the probable occurrence of
  3. verb
    realize beforehand
    synonyms: 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
  4. verb
    act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
    synonyms: counter, foresee, forestall
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  5. verb
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
    synonyms: 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, project
    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
  6. verb
    be a forerunner of or occur earlier than
    “This composition anticipates Impressionism”




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