- 1Regard as probable; expect or predict: she anticipated scorn on her return to the theater [with clause]: it was anticipated that the rains would slow the military campaignMore example sentences
- Argyle said it's just what was anticipated when long-range forecasts predicted up to 10 days without significant rain for most of the province.
- Formal orders in this regard are anticipated in a day or so.
- Given what is at stake the winners can anticipate a probable quarter-final against Wales.
- 1.1Guess or be aware of (what will happen) and take action in order to be prepared: they failed to anticipate a full scale invasionMore example sentences
- The basis of the case I had prepared neither required nor anticipated such witness attendance and perhaps with hindsight I should have walked away at this stage.
- And so we are prepared to anticipate those requests.
- Of course we had anticipated this, had prepared Lucky for Stone's questions.
- 1.2Look forward to: Stephen was eagerly anticipating the break from the routine of businessMore example sentences
- This should draw a huge crowd to O'Hara Park as the clash will be eagerly awaited and anticipated by players, fans and supporters alike of both teams.
- He spent his early years basking in the glow of late-night radio, listening to big-band jazz blasting live from hotels across London and eagerly anticipating the next hot chorus.
- Carl and Kim had been eagerly anticipating the birth after Kim, a 33-year-old insurance account executive, discovered she was pregnant last year.
- 2Act as a forerunner or precursor of: he anticipated Bates’s theories on mimicry and protective colorationMore example sentences
- While he professed a disdain for pure theory, Giblin anticipated some elements of the relationship between trade, national income, and employment that informed Keynesian economics.
- His theory of imperialism anticipated European unification and contradictions associated today with globalization of production and markets.
- Bolzano's theories of mathematical infinity anticipated Georg Cantor's theory of infinite sets.
- 2.1Come or take place before (an event or process expected or scheduled for a later time).More example sentences
- Note the telling musical score, anticipating events, cueing the audience as to when to be scared, assuming we cannot figure that out ourselves.
- The excitement is mounting, particularly after a couple of signs appeared in the shop window anticipating the event.
- Hopkins' answer anticipates Charles Johnson's assessment of the no-win situation faced by the African American periodical press.
- 2.2React or respond to (someone) too quickly, without giving them a chance to do or say something.More example sentences
- Face falling, Briar promptly tried to open the door wider but, anticipating him, Althia moved just as quickly and nearly slammed the door on his fingers.
- Vilma doesn't just run fast and hit hard; he's a smart player who can read and react, anticipate plays and learn quickly from mistakes.
- Should he be blamed for not anticipating Timothy?
- 2.3Pay (a debt) before it is due.More example sentences
- He was in favor of the proposition to authorize the Secretary to anticipate the payment of interest on the public debt.
- The decision to anticipate the payment was made because of the type of loan - it is a short-term loan with high costs.
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- But increasingly, TV critics, like all other entertainment journalists, are expected not to be tastemakers but taste anticipators: to decide what will be hot and make sure they cover it, even if they end up panning it.
- It has lost that magic touch which once made it the most accurate anticipator and satisfier of consumer needs and tastes.
- To others, he was a creative architect of US military strength, a perceptive analyst of the international scene, and an accurate anticipator of future threats.
mid 16th century (in the senses 'to take something into consideration', 'mention something before the proper time'): from Latin anticipat- 'acted in advance', from anticipare, based on ante- 'before' + capere 'take'.