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"anticipate" in British English

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anticipateverb [T]

uk   us   /ænˈtɪs.ɪ.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 ​partytonight? [+ -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 ​inflationfigure 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 ​jobcuts are anticipated under the new ​ownership. [+ (that) clause] I don’t anticipate (that) we’ll ​solve all ​ourproblems with one ​meeting. We anticipate ​criticism but ​plan to go ​aheadanyway. [+ 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   us   /ænˈtɪsɪpeɪt/
to imagine or expect that something will ​happen: anticipate problems/difficulties It's always best to anticipate problems before they arise. The anticipated ​inflationfigure 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)
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