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verb [transitive] anticipate pronunciation in American English /ænˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleanticipating
past tenseanticipated
past participleanticipated
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  1. 1
    to think that something will probably happen
    The organizers hadn’t anticipated the huge interest there was in the event.
    The building will be completed around six months earlier than anticipated.
    anticipate (that): We anticipate that the river level will rise very slowly.
    anticipate (someone/something) doing something: We don’t anticipate this causing any difficulties.
  2. 2
    to be excited about something enjoyable that is going to happen soon
    The movie, due to be released in the spring, is being eagerly anticipated by the critics.
  3. 3
    to guess that something will happen, and be ready to deal with it
    Luckily we had anticipated the question.
    The businesses that will survive will be those that anticipate changes in technology.
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