Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “anticipate”

anticipate

verb [T]     /ænˈtɪsɪpeɪt/
to imagine or expect that something will happen: anticipate problems/difficulties It's always best to anticipate problems before they arise. The anticipated inflation figure is lower than last month's.anticipate that They anticipate that their lawyers will appeal the decision, though that process could take at least nine months.
(Definition of anticipate verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of anticipate

Definitions of “anticipate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More