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English definition of “anticipate”

anticipate

verb [T]    /ænˈtɪs·əˌpeɪt/
to imagine or expect that something will happen , sometimes taking action in preparation for it: No job cuts are anticipated under the new ownership . [+ (that) clause] I don’t anticipate (that) we’ll solve all our problems with one meeting . We anticipate criticism but plan to go ahead anyway . [+ question word] At this stage we can’t anticipate what will happen .
(Definition of anticipate verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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