from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To feel or realize beforehand; foresee: hadn't anticipated the crowds at the zoo.
- transitive v. To look forward to, especially with pleasure; expect: anticipated a pleasant hike in the country.
- transitive v. To deal with beforehand; act so as to mitigate, nullify, or prevent: anticipated the storm by boarding up the windows. See Synonyms at expect.
- transitive v. To cause to happen in advance; accelerate.
- transitive v. To use in advance, as income not yet available.
- transitive v. To pay (a debt) before it is due.
- intransitive v. To think, speak, or write about a matter in advance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act before (someone), especially to prevent an action.
- v. to take up or introduce (something) prematurely.
- v. to know of (something) before it happens; to expect.
- v. to eagerly wait for (something)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To be before in doing; to do or take before another; to preclude or prevent by prior action.
- transitive v. To take up or introduce beforehand, or before the proper or normal time; to cause to occur earlier or prematurely.
- transitive v. To foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand that which will be desired.
- transitive v. To foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or impression of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize or take beforehand.
- To be before in doing something; take action in advance of; precede, prevent, or preclude by prior action.
- To take, do, use, etc., before the proper time; precipitate, as an action or event: as, the advocate has anticipated that part of his argument.
- To realize beforehand; foretaste or foresee; have a view or impression of beforehand; look forward to; expect: as, I never anticipated such a disaster; to anticipate the pleasures of an entertainment.
- To occupy the attention of before the proper time.
- Synonyms To get the start of, forestall.
- To forecast, count upon, prepare one's self for, calculate upon.
- To treat of something, as in a narrative, before the proper time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. realize beforehand
- v. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
- v. be excited or anxious about
- v. regard something as probable or likely
- v. make a prediction about; tell in advance
- v. be a forerunner of or occur earlier than
Latin anticipāre, anticipāt-, to take before : ante-, ante- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin anticipatus, perfect passive participle of anticipare ("anticipate"); from ante ("before"), + capere ("take"). See Capable. (Wiktionary)