Anticipate vs Expect

Anticipate means to expect and prepare for something when expect does not include the idea of preparation.

In other words “to expect” means looking forward to the outcome that you “should” get and “to anticipate” means looking forward to the outcome that you “want” to get.

For example:

  • We anticipate a large turnout at the next meeting.
  • He expects that you are tired from the trip.

Also there is a good quote from

Expect, anticipate, hope, await all imply looking to some future event. Expect implies confidently believing, usually for good reasons, that an event will occur: to expect a visit from a friend. Anticipate is to look forward to an event and even to picture it: Do you anticipate trouble? Hope implies a wish that an event may take place and an expectation that it will: to hope for the best. Await (wait for) implies being alert and ready, whether for good or evil: to await news after a cyclone.

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