- anticipate UK US /ænˈtɪsɪpeɪt/ verb [T]► to imagine or expect that something will happen: anticipate problems/difficulties »
It's always best to anticipate problems before they arise.»
The anticipated inflation figure is lower than last month's.anticipate that »
They anticipate that their lawyers will appeal the decision, though that process could take at least nine months.
Financial and business terms. 2012.