1 forestall, intercept, preclude, obviate, prevent; nullify:
She anticipated her opponent's manoeuvre by moving the queen's bishop one square.
2 foretell, forecast, predict, prophesy, foretaste, foresee:
He anticipated that flying would be a future mode of locomotion.
3 expect, look forward to, prepare for; count or reckon on:
We eagerly anticipated the arrival of Uncle Robert.