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anticipate

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Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] anticipatus, perfect passive participle of anticipare (anticipate); from ante (before), + capere (take). See Capable.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to anticipate

Third person singular
anticipat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to anticipate (third-person singular simple present anticipat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To act before (someone), especially to prevent an action
    To anticipate and prevent the duke's purpose. --R. Hall.
    He would probably have died by the hand of the executioner, if indeed the executioner had not been anticipated by the populace. --Macaulay.
  2. to take up or introduce (something) prematurely
    The advocate plans to anticipate a part of her argument.
  3. to know of (something) before it manifests
    to anticipate the pleasures of a visit
    to anticipate the evils of life
    Please anticipate a journey of an hour from your house to the airport

Usage notes

The words anticipate and expect both regard some future event as likely to take place. Nowadays they are often used interchangeably although anticipate is associated with acting because of an expectation. (E.g. skilled sportsmen anticipate the action and position themselves accordingly.)

Synonyms

  • (to act before someone): preclude
  • (to take up or introduce something prematurely):
  • (to know of something before it manifests): expect, foretaste, foresee

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Italian

Verb

anticipate

  1. Second-person plural present tense of anticipare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of anticipare.
  3. Feminine plural of anticipato.

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