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
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.
expectation, prediction, forecast
rare prolepsis
excitement, suspense
in 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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