- To be before in doing; to do or take before another;
to preclude or prevent by prior action. - To take up or introduce beforehand, or before the
proper or normal time; to cause to occur earlier or prematurely; as,
the advocate has anticipated a part of his argument. - To foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand
that which will be desired. - To foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or
impression of; as, to anticipate the pleasures of a visit; to
anticipate the evils of life.