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Definition 1: be a forerunner of or occur earlier than - [verb of change]

Samples where anticipate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This composition anticipates Impressionism

(anticipate is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

Definition 2: regard something as probable or likely - [verb of cognition]

Samples where anticipate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow

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(anticipate is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) expect, believe, or suppose

"I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel" "I thought to find her in a bad state" "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen" "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

"I assume his train was late"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

"Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) be confident about something

"I believe that he will come back from the war"

(anticipate has a similar meaning as ...) look forward to the probable occurrence of

"We were expecting a visit from our relatives" "She is looking to a promotion" "he is waiting to be drafted"

Definition 3: realize beforehand - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for anticipate in the sense of this definition

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

"I know that I left the key on the table" "Galileo knew that the earth moves around the sun"

Definition 4: make a prediction about; tell in advance - [verb of communication]

Samples where anticipate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Call the outcome of an election

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(anticipate is a kind of ...) put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

"I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again" "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior

"She read the sky and predicted rain" "I can't read his strange behavior" "The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) attempt to anticipate or predict

(... is a kind of anticipate ) predict from an omen

(... is a kind of anticipate ) maintain with or as if with a bet

"I bet she will be there!"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) predict in advance

(... is a kind of anticipate ) predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration

Definition 5: be excited or anxious about - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for anticipate in the sense of this definition

(anticipate is a kind of ...) look forward to the probable occurrence of

"We were expecting a visit from our relatives" "She is looking to a promotion" "he is waiting to be drafted"

(... is a kind of anticipate ) anticipate with dread or anxiety

Synonyms for anticipate in the sense of this definition

(anticipate is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

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