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Definition of "anticipate" []

  • To feel or realize beforehand; foresee: hadn't anticipated the crowds at the zoo. (verb-transitive)
  • To look forward to, especially with pleasure; expect: anticipated a pleasant hike in the country. (verb-transitive)
  • To deal with beforehand; act so as to mitigate, nullify, or prevent: anticipated the storm by boarding up the windows. See Synonyms at expect. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to happen in advance; accelerate. (verb-transitive)
  • To use in advance, as income not yet available. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "anticipate" in a sentence
  • "What one may not so easily anticipate is the proverbial axe falling on a loved one while you stand helplessly by wishing it could be you instead of them but knowing full well that you do not get to make that choice."
  • "Yours truly just took this test and scored 84.8% (some of the questions were harder than you might anticipate from a test like this) … and I happen to be a lifelong liberal Democrat!"
  • "Use 1 or 2% for increased benefits on those who had higher incomes and the balance to help fund the program ... including reducing debt today in anticipate of the baby boomer crunch."