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English verb: anticipate

1. anticipate (cognition) regard something as probable or likely

SamplesThe meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow.

ExamplesThey anticipate moving


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)assume, believe, conjecture, guess, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, imagine, opine, presume, reckon, speculate, suppose, suppose, take for granted, theorise, theorize, think, trust

Verb groupawait, expect, look, wait

2. anticipate (social) act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

Synonymscounter, foresee, forestall

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

3. anticipate (cognition) realize beforehand

Synonymsforeknow, foresee, previse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)know

4. anticipate (communication) make a prediction about; tell in advance

SamplesCall the outcome of an election.

Synonymscall, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)guess, hazard, pretend, venture

Narrower (hyponym)augur, bet, calculate, forecast, outguess, prophesy, read, second-guess, vaticinate, wager

5. anticipate (emotion) be excited or anxious about

Synonymslook for, look to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)await, expect, look, wait

Narrower (hyponym)apprehend, quail at

6. anticipate (change) be a forerunner of or occur earlier than

SamplesThis composition anticipates Impressionism.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

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