Definition of anticipation in English:


Line breaks: an¦tici|pa¦tion
Pronunciation: /antɪsɪˈpeɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction: her eyes sparkled with anticipation they manned the telephones in anticipation of a flood of calls
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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.
    expectation, prediction, forecast
    rare prolepsis
    expectancy, expectation, hope, hopefulness; excitement, suspensein the expectation of, in preparation for, in case of, ready for, against
  • 1.1 Music The introduction in a composition of part of a chord which is about to follow in full.


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

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