Synonyms of 'anticipate'
to foresee and act in advance ofWe could not have anticipated the result of our campaigning.
I wasn't expecting to see you today.
Nobody can predict what will happen.
They forecast a defeat for the Prime Minister.
prepare for, ,
Scientists envisage a major breakthrough in the next few years.
foresee, , ,
He did not foresee any problems.
prophets who have foretold the end of the world
to look forward toWe are all eagerly anticipating the next match.
Little was said as we awaited the arrival of the chairman.
count the hours until
You've anticipated my next question.
The Bank of English reveals that the use of anticipate and expect as synonyms is well established. However, although both words relate to a person's knowledge of something that will happen in the future, there are subtle differences in meaning that should be understood when choosing which word to use. Anticipate means that someone foresees an event and has prepared for it, while expect means `to regard something as probable', but does not necessarily suggest the state of being prepared. Similarly, using foresee as a synonym of anticipate, as in they failed to foresee the vast explosion in commercial revenue which would follow, is not entirely appropriate.
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in the sense of antedate
to be or occur at an earlier date than
in the sense of envisage
to believe to be possible or likely in the futureScientists envisage a major breakthrough in the next few years.
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