Definition for AN-TIC'I-PATE

AN-TIC'I-PATE, v.t. [L. anticipo, of ante, before, and capio, to take.]

  1. To take or act, before another, so as to prevent him; to take first possession.
  2. To take before the proper time; as, the advocate has anticipated that part of his argument.
  3. To foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or impression of something future; as, to anticipate the pleasures of an entertainment; to anticipate the evils of life.
  4. To prevent by crowding in before; to preclude. Johnson. [This sense is essentially included in the first.]

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