To be before in doing; to do or take before another; to preclude or prevent by prior action.
- To feel or realize beforehand; foresee: hadn't anticipated the crowds at the zoo.
- To look forward to, especially with pleasure; expect: anticipated a pleasant hike in the country.
- To deal with beforehand; act so as to mitigate, nullify, or prevent: anticipated the storm by boarding up the windows. See Synonyms at expect.
- To cause to happen in advance; accelerate.
- To use in advance, as income not yet available.
- To pay (a debt) before it is due.
- To think, speak, or write about a matter in advance.