To feel or realize beforehand; foresee: hadn't anticipated the crowds at the zoo. To look forward to, especially with pleasure; expect: anticipated a pleasant hike in the country. To deal with beforehand; act so as to mitigate, nullify, or prevent: anticipated the storm by boarding up the windows. See Synonyms at expect. To cause to happen in advance; accelerate. To use in advance, as income not yet available. To pay (a debt) before it is due. To think, speak, or write about a matter in advance.