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ANTICIPATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does anticipate mean? 

ANTICIPATE (verb)
  The verb ANTICIPATE has 6 senses:

1. regard something as probable or likely
2. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
3. realize beforehand
4. make a prediction about; tell in advance
5. be excited or anxious about
6. be a forerunner of or occur earlier than

  Familiarity information: ANTICIPATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTICIPATE (verb)


Sense 1anticipate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Regard something as probable or likely

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

anticipate; expect

Context example:

The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow

Hypernyms (to "anticipate" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "anticipate"):

guess; imagine; opine; reckon; suppose; think (expect, believe, or suppose)

assume; presume; take for granted (take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof)

conjecture; hypothecate; hypothesise; hypothesize; speculate; suppose; theorise; theorize (to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds)

believe; trust (be confident about something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They anticipate moving


Sense 2anticipate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

anticipate; counter; forestall; foresee

Hypernyms (to "anticipate" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3anticipate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Realize beforehand

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

foresee; foreknow; previse; anticipate

Hypernyms (to "anticipate" is one way to...):

know (be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4anticipate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a prediction about; tell in advance

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

prognosticate; predict; forebode; foretell; promise; anticipate; call

Context example:

Call the outcome of an election

Hypernyms (to "anticipate" is one way to...):

guess; hazard; pretend; venture (put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "anticipate"):

prophesy; vaticinate (predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration)

calculate; forecast (predict in advance)

bet; wager (maintain with or as if with a bet)

augur (predict from an omen)

outguess; second-guess (attempt to anticipate or predict)

read (interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 5anticipate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be excited or anxious about

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

look to; look for; anticipate

Hypernyms (to "anticipate" is one way to...):

await; expect; look; wait (look forward to the probable occurrence of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "anticipate"):

apprehend; quail at (anticipate with dread or anxiety)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6anticipate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a forerunner of or occur earlier than

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

This composition anticipates Impressionism

Hypernyms (to "anticipate" is one way to...):

come about; fall out; go on; hap; happen; occur; pass; pass off; take place (come to pass)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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