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anticipate

verb [T] uk   /ænˈtɪs.ɪ.peɪt/ us  

anticipate verb [T] (EXPECT)

C1 to imagine or expect that something will happen: We don't anticipate any trouble. We had one or two difficulties along the way that we didn't anticipate. Are you anticipating a lot of people at the party tonight? [+ -ing verb] They anticipate having several applicants for the job. [+ that] They anticipate that they will have several applicants for the job [+ question word] At this stage we can't really anticipate what will happen. The anticipated inflation figure is lower than last month's.
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anticipate verb [T] (TAKE ACTION)

C1 to take action in preparation for something that you think will happen: It's always best to anticipate a problem before it arises. The army anticipated (= took action in preparation for) the explosion by evacuating the town.
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