Anticipate and Expect


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Anticipate verb – To believe in the future occurrence of (something).
Usage example: I anticipate that we'll be seeing you for New Year's

Expect is a synonym for anticipate in await topic. In some cases you can use "Expect" instead a verb "Anticipate", when it comes to topics like anticipation, state, promise, surprise. popular alternative
Nearby Words: anticipation, anticipating, anticipatory, anticipant, anticipator
Synonyms for Anticipate


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Expect verb – To believe in the future occurrence of (something).
Usage example: we expect their arrival late this afternoon

Anticipate is a synonym for expect in await topic. You can use "Anticipate" instead a verb "Expect", if it concerns topics such as promise, surprise. popular alternative
Nearby Words: expectation, expectant, expecting, expectancy, expectance
Synonyms for Expect

Common collocations

reaction anticipate reaction expect reaction
attack anticipate attack expect attack
form anticipate form expect form
couple anticipate couple expect couple
Other nouns: moment, level, attacks.

Both words in one sentence

  • He just didn't expect Grimlock to anticipate this, resulting in all five 'bots getting buried for the next several thousand years.
  • Faustian Rebellion They may anticipate or even expect their new toy to be a Starscream or Chaotic Neutral- the contingency plan for rebellion is to offer more perks and a better parking space.
  • Crippling Overspecialization He did not anticipate the player character's interference, did not expect them to defeat (and befriend) N, and is not prepared to deal with them himself, leading to his defeat and Villainous Breakdown.
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