September 20, 2012
anticipate (verb)
\an-TISS-uh-payt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to foresee and deal with or provide for beforehand2 : to expect especially with pleasure
How do you use it?
The cost for the new school turned out to be higher than anticipated.
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Although they don't look like relatives, "anticipate" and "catch" share the same Latin root: "capere," meaning "to take." Latin speakers added the prefix "ante-" to a form of "capere" to make "anticipatus" which English speakers adopted as "anticipate." A form of "capere" passed into Anglo-French as "cacher" which English speakers adopted as "catch." In addition to "anticipate" and "catch," "capere" is also at the root of a large family of words, including "accept," "cable," "capable," "captive," "deceive," "except," "participate," "prince," and "recover."
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