the act of anticipating or the state of being anticipated.
realization in advance; foretaste.
expectation or hope.
previous notion; slight previous impression.
intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience.
Law. a premature withdrawal or assignment of money from a trust estate.
Music. a tone introduced in advance of its harmony so that it sounds against the preceding chord.

1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin anticipātiōn- (stem of anticipātiō), equivalent to anticipāt(us) (past participle; see anticipate) + -iōn- -ion

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anticipation (ænˌtɪsɪˈpeɪʃən)
1.  the act of anticipating; expectation, premonition, or foresight
2.  the act of taking or dealing with funds before they are legally available or due
3.  music Compare suspension an unstressed, usually short note introduced before a downbeat and harmonically related to the chord immediately following it

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from L. anticipationem (nom. anticipatio), noun of action from anticipatus, pp. of anticipare (see anticipate). Meaning "action of looking forward to" is from 1809.
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Example sentences
If you don't feel a sense of anticipation, perhaps you should decline.
Three snowy egret chicks look to their mom in eager anticipation of her
  attention and their next meal.
Like a soap opera, this story is more anticipation than immediate action.
It is a four-cent stamp, issued in anticipation of a rise in postal rates.
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