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anticipate

verb [T] (EXPECT)    /ænˈtɪs.ɪ.peɪt/
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.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
(Definition of anticipate verb (EXPECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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