Anticipate

Definition of Anticipate

An`tic´i`pate
v. t.1.To be before in doing; to do or take before another; to preclude or prevent by prior action.
[imp. & p. p. Anticipated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Anticipating ( ).]
To anticipate and prevent the duke's purpose.
- R. Hall.
He would probably have died by the hand of the executioner, if indeed the executioner had not been anticipated by the populace.
- Macaulay.
2.To take up or introduce beforehand, or before the proper or normal time; to cause to occur earlier or prematurely; as, the advocate has anticipated a part of his argument.
3.To foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand that which will be desired.
4.To foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or impression of; as, to anticipate the pleasures of a visit; to anticipate the evils of life.
Good with bad
Expect to hear; supernal grace contending
With sinfulness of men.
- Milton.
I would not anticipate the relish of any happiness, nor feel the weight of any misery, before it actually arrives.
- Spectator.

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