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Definition of Anticipate


  1. To be before in doing; to do or take before another; to preclude or prevent by prior action.
  2. To take up or introduce beforehand, or before the proper or normal time; to cause to occur earlier or prematurely; as, the advocate has anticipated a part of his argument.
  3. To foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand that which will be desired.
  4. To foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or impression of; as, to anticipate the pleasures of a visit; to anticipate the evils of life.

Anticipate Quotations

It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Sigmund Freud

What we anticipate seldom occurs: but what we least expect generally happens.
Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We usually get what we anticipate.
Claude M. Bristol
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Anticipate Translations

anticipate in French is anticiper, anticipez, anticipons, anticipent
anticipate in German is erwarten, vorwegnehmen
anticipate in Italian is anticipare
anticipate in Latin is praecipio, praefero, praevenio; prevenio
anticipate in Norwegian is foregripe, forutse
anticipate in Portuguese is antecipe
anticipate in Spanish is anticipe
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