|Origin:||, past participle of anticipare, from ante- ( ANTE-) + capere 'to take'|
an‧tic‧i‧pate S3 [transitive]
to expect that something will happen and be ready for it:
Sales are better than anticipated.
The schedule isn't final, but we don't anticipate many changes.
We don't anticipate any problems.
A good speaker is able to anticipate an audience's needs and concerns.
This year, we anticipate that our expenses will be 15% greater.
It is anticipated that the research will have many different practical applications.
anticipate doing something
I didn't anticipate having to do the cooking myself!
to think about something that is going to happen, especially something pleasant:
Daniel was eagerly anticipating her arrival.
to do something before someone else:
Copernicus anticipated in part the discoveries of the 17th and 18th centuries.
—anticipatory formal adjective:
the anticipatory atmosphere of a big college football game