Definition of anticipation in English:

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Pronunciation: /anˌtisəˈpāSH(ə)n/


1The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction: her eyes sparkled with anticipation
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  • Each day, we awaken with certain expectations and anticipations: people we will see, things we plan to do, obligations or tasks to be fulfilled.
  • He'd wanted some hope that his negative anticipations would be proven wrong, but I had just confirmed that leaving college would not only be as bad as he feared, but actually much worse.
  • After a pleasant journey we arrived safely - yet it was far from our anticipations and the mood of contentment lapsed.
expectancy, expectation, excitement, suspense
in the expectation of, in preparation for, in case of, ready for
1.1 Music The introduction in a composition of part of a chord that is about to follow in full.


in anticipation

With the probability or expectation of something happening: they manned the telephones in anticipation of a flood of calls
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  • Don't ignore that which is happening now in anticipation of that which is yet to happen.
  • This as twenty fish were laid out in perfect order in anticipation of the big fish fry.
  • I only nodded in a response and waited in anticipation of what Scott had to say to me.


Late Middle English: from Latin anticipatio(n-), from the verb anticipare (see anticipate).

  • capable from mid 16th century:

    The first recorded sense of this was ‘able to take in’, physically or mentally. It comes from Latin capere ‘take or hold’ which is found in many other English words including: accept (Late Middle English) from ad- ‘to’ and capere; anticipation (Late Middle English) ‘acting or taking in advance’; capacity (Late Middle English) ‘ability to hold’; caption (Late Middle English) originally an act of capture; captive (Late Middle English); catch (Middle English); chase (Middle English); conceive (Middle English) literally ‘take together’; except (Late Middle English) ‘take out of’; incapacity (early 17th century) inability to hold; intercept (Late Middle English) to take between; perceive (Middle English) to hold entirely; prince; receive (Middle English) ‘take back’; susceptible (early 17th century) literally ‘that can be taken from below’.

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Syllabification: an·tic·i·pa·tion

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