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 for anticipate
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.
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              To anticipate and prevent the duke's purpose. --R.
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              He would probably have died by the hand of the
              executioner, if indeed the executioner had not been
              anticipated by the populace.          --Macaulay.
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     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.
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     3. To foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand that
        which will be desired.
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     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.
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     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.
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                  Good with bad
                  Expect to hear; supernal grace contending
                  With sinfulness of men.           --Milton.
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                  I would not anticipate the relish of any
                  happiness, nor feel the weight of any misery,
                  before it actually arrives.       --Spectator.
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                  Timid men were anticipating another civil war.
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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,
         look to]
      6: be a forerunner of or occur earlier than; "This composition
         anticipates Impressionism"

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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