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Definition of anticipate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they anticipate
    he / she / it anticipates
    past simple anticipated
    -ing form anticipating
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  1. 1to expect something anticipate something We don't anticipate any major problems. Our anticipated arrival time is 8:30. The eagerly anticipated movie will be released next month. anticipate doing something They anticipate moving to bigger premises by the end of the year. anticipate something doing something I don't anticipate it being a problem. anticipate that… We anticipate that sales will rise next year. it is anticipated that… It is anticipated that inflation will stabilize at 3%. compare unanticipated
  2. 2to see what might happen in the future and take action to prepare for it anticipate something We need someone who can anticipate and respond to changes in the fashion industry. anticipate what, how, that, etc… Try to anticipate what the interviewers will ask.
  3. 3anticipate (doing) something anticipate (something doing) something to think with pleasure and excitement about something that is going to happen We eagerly anticipated the day we would finish school.
  4. 4anticipate somebody (doing something) (formal) to do something before it can be done by someone else synonym forestall When Scott reached the South Pole, he found that Amundsen had anticipated him.
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adjective (formal) a fast anticipatory movement by the goaltender
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: anticipate