One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the police did not anticipate any trouble’
expect, foresee, predict, think likely, forecast, prophesy, foretell, contemplate the possibility of, allow for, be prepared for
count on, bank on, look for, bargain on
informal reckon on
North American informal figure on
2‘Elaine tingled with excitement as she anticipated her meeting with Will’
look forward to, await, count the days until
informal lick one's lips over
3‘warders can't always anticipate the actions of prisoners’
pre-empt, forestall, intercept
informal beat someone to it, beat someone to the draw, beat someone to the punch
4‘she wrote plays for all-women casts, which anticipated her film work’
foreshadow, precede, antedate, come before, go before, be earlier than
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