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[an-tis-uh-pey-shuh n] /ænˌtɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin of anticipation
1540-50; (< Middle French) < Latin anticipātiōn- (stem of anticipātiō), equivalent to anticipāt(us) (past participle; see anticipate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonanticipation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anticipation
  • 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.
  • Spitting cobras use quick reaction and anticipation to attempt to blind targets with venom.
  • But tonight, go to bed with images of sugar plums dancing in your head and revel in the sweet gift of excited anticipation.
  • Planning creates anticipation, and of all the factors in life which yield pleasure few can surpass anticipation.
  • After years of anticipation, the Neanderthal genome has been sequenced.
  • But at this time of year, many parents of college-bound students approach their mailboxes with great anticipation.
  • Yesterday people slept and read their books, but now the air is filled with anticipation.
British Dictionary definitions for anticipation


the act of anticipating; expectation, premonition, or foresight
the act of taking or dealing with funds before they are legally available or due
(music) an unstressed, usually short note introduced before a downbeat and harmonically related to the chord immediately following it Compare suspension (sense 11)
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Word Origin and History for anticipation

late 14c., from Latin anticipationem (nominative anticipatio) "preconception, preconceived notion," noun of action from past participle stem of anticipare "take care of ahead of time" (see anticipate). Meaning "action of looking forward to" is from 1809.

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