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To anticipate (something) and plan or consider the necessary actions or steps in advance. I wish I had thought ahead and packed some food to bring with us. We're thinking ahead to the next fiscal year with these investments.
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think ahead (to something)
to have thoughts about something that is to happen in the future. I began to think ahead to next year when the same thing might happen. You must learn to think ahead if you want to get ahead.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To consider or think about the future; think proactively: I thought ahead and brought a snack in case I got hungry.
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