Meaning of “anticipate” in the English Dictionary

"anticipate" in British English

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anticipateverb [ T ]

uk /ænˈtɪs.ɪ.peɪt/ us /ænˈtɪs.ə.peɪt/

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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(Definition of “anticipate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"anticipate" in American English

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anticipateverb [ T ]

us /ænˈtɪs·əˌpeɪt/

to imagine or expect that something will happen, sometimes taking action in preparation for it:

No job cuts are anticipated under the new ownership.
[ + (that) clause ] I don’t anticipate (that) we’ll solve all our problems with one meeting.
We anticipate criticism but plan to go ahead anyway.
[ + question word ] At this stage we can’t anticipate what will happen.

(Definition of “anticipate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"anticipate" in Business English

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anticipateverb [ T ]

uk /ænˈtɪsɪpeɪt/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)