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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Latin anticipatus, perfect passive participle of anticipare (anticipate); from ante (before), + capere (take). See Capable.

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Verb[edit | edit source]

to Anticipate

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Simple past

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Present participle

to Anticipate (third-person singular simple present anticipat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (transitive) To act before (someone), especially to prevent an action.
    To anticipate and prevent the duke's purpose. --R. Hall.
    He would probably have died by the hand of the executioner, if indeed the executioner had not been anticipated by the populace. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.
  2. to take up or introduce (something) prematurely.
    The advocate plans to anticipate a part of her argument.
  3. to know of (something) before it manifests.
    to anticipate the pleasures of a visit
    to anticipate the evils of life
    Please anticipate a journey of an hour from your house to the airport
  4. to eagerly wait for (something)
    Little Johnny started to anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus a week before Christmas.

Usage notes[edit | edit source]

The words anticipate and expect both regard some future event as likely to take place. Nowadays they are often used interchangeably although anticipate is associated with acting because of an expectation. (E.g. skilled sportsmen anticipate the action and position themselves accordingly.)

Synonyms[edit | edit source]

  • (to act before someone): preclude
  • (to take up or introduce something prematurely):
  • (to know of something before it manifests): expect, foretaste, foresee

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Verb[edit | edit source]


  1. Second-person plural present tense of anticipare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of anticipare#Italian.
  3. Feminine plural of anticipato.

de:anticipate et:anticipate el:anticipate fr:anticipate gl:anticipate ko:anticipate hr:anticipate io:anticipate it:anticipate kn:anticipate sw:anticipate lo:anticipate lt:anticipate hu:anticipate ml:anticipate pl:anticipate pt:anticipate simple:anticipate fi:anticipate sv:anticipate ta:anticipate te:anticipate th:anticipate vi:anticipate zh:anticipate

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