Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) regard something as probable or likely
  2. (verb, social) act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
  3. (verb, cognition) realize beforehand
  4. (verb, communication) make a prediction about; tell in advance
  5. (verb, emotion) be excited or anxious about
  6. (verb, change) be a forerunner of or occur earlier than

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Origin of the word Anticipate

  1. 1530s, "to cause to happen sooner," from L. anticipatus, pp. of anticipare "take (care of) ahead of time," lit. "taking into possession beforehand," from ante "before" (see ante) + capere "to take" (see capable). Later "to be aware of (something) coming at a future time" (1640s). Used in the sense of "expect, look forward to" since 1749, but antic… more

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Words that sound like Anticipate

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