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anticipate

verb [T] (TAKE ACTION)    /ænˈtɪs.ɪ.peɪt/
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 .
(Definition of anticipate verb (TAKE ACTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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