- 1The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction: her eyes sparkled with anticipation they manned the telephones in anticipation of a flood of callsMore 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.
late Middle English: from Latin anticipatio(n-), from the verb anticipare (see anticipate).