Definition of anticipation in English:

anticipation

Syllabification: an·tic·i·pa·tion
Pronunciation: /anˌtisəˈpāSHən
 
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noun

  • 1The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction: her eyes sparkled with anticipation
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    expectancy, expectation, excitement, suspensein 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.

Phrases

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.

Origin

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

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