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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Anticipate \An*tic"i*pate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Anticipated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Anticipating.] [L. anticipatus, p. p. of
anticipare to anticipate; ante + capere to make. See
1. To be before in doing; to do or take before another; to
preclude or prevent by prior action.
To anticipate and prevent the duke's purpose. --R.
He would probably have died by the hand of the
executioner, if indeed the executioner had not been
anticipated by the populace. --Macaulay.
2. To take up or introduce beforehand, or before the proper
or normal time; to cause to occur earlier or prematurely;
as, the advocate has anticipated a part of his argument.
3. To foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand that
which will be desired.
4. To foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or
impression of; as, to anticipate the pleasures of a visit;
to anticipate the evils of life.
Syn: To prevent; obviate; preclude; forestall; expect.
Usage: To Anticipate, Expect. These words, as here
compared, agree in regarding some future event as
about to take place. Expect is the stringer. It
supposes some ground or reason in the mind for
considering the event as likely to happen. Anticipate
is, literally, to take beforehand, and here denotes
simply to take into the mind as conception of the
future. Hence, to say, "I did not anticipate a
refusal," expresses something less definite and strong
than to say, " did not expect it." Still, anticipate
is a convenient word to be interchanged with expect in
cases where the thought will allow.
Good with bad
Expect to hear; supernal grace contending
With sinfulness of men. --Milton.
I would not anticipate the relish of any
happiness, nor feel the weight of any misery,
before it actually arrives. --Spectator.
Timid men were anticipating another civil war.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
v 1: regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists
are expecting rain for tomorrow" [syn: expect,
2: act in advance of; deal with ahead of time [syn:
anticipate, foresee, forestall, counter]
3: realize beforehand [syn: anticipate, previse, foreknow,
4: make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome
of an election" [syn: predict, foretell, prognosticate,
call, forebode, anticipate, promise]
5: be excited or anxious about [syn: anticipate, look for,
6: be a forerunner of or occur earlier than; "This composition
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
103 Moby Thesaurus words for "anticipate":
announce, antecede, antedate, anticipation, apprehend, approach,
avert, await, bar, be before, be destined, be early, be fated,
be imminent, be to be, be to come, come, come before, come on,
contemplate, count on, debar, deflect, deter, discourage,
dishearten, divine, draw near, draw on, dread, envisage, envision,
estop, exclude, expect, expectation, face, fend, fend off, forbid,
forecast, foreclose, foreglimpse, foreknow, forerun, foresee,
forestall, foretaste, foretell, get ahead of, go before,
go off half-cocked, have in mind, help, herald, hope, intercept,
jump the gun, keep from, keep off, lie ahead, look ahead,
look beyond, look for, look forward to, look out for, loom, near,
nullify, obviate, plan, plot, precede, preclude, precurse, predate,
predict, preexist, prepare for, presage, presume, prevent,
prevision, proclaim, prohibit, project, prophesy, reckon on, repel,
rule out, save, see, see ahead, see beforehand, stave off,
take for granted, think, threaten, turn aside, usher in, visualize,
ward off, win the start
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