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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 hav ing 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
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