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Definitions for anticipation
ænˌtɪs əˈpeɪ ʃənan·tic·i·pa·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anticipation, expectancynoun

    an expectation

  2. anticipation, expectancynoun

    something expected (as on the basis of a norm)

    "each of them had their own anticipations"; "an indicator of expectancy in development"

  3. prediction, anticipation, previsionnoun

    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)

  4. anticipation, expectationnoun

    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment


  1. anticipationnoun

    The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.

    Often the anticipation of a shot is worse than the pain of the stick.

  2. anticipationnoun

    The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.

    He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.

  3. anticipationnoun

    Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.

  4. anticipationnoun


  5. anticipationnoun

    a non-harmonic tone that is lower or higher than a note in the previous chord and a unison to a note in the next chord

  6. Etymology: From anticipatio; compare with French anticipation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anticipationnoun

    Etymology: from anticipate.

    The golden number gives the new moon four days too late, by reason of the aforesaid anticipation, and our neglect of it. William Holder, on Time.

    It is not enough to be miserable when the time comes, unless we make ourselves so beforehand, and by anticipation. Roger L'Estrange.

    If we really live under the hope of future happiness, we shall taste it by way of anticipation and forethought, an image of it will meet our minds often, and stay there, as all pleasing expectations do. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The east and west, the north and south, have the same anticipation concerning one supreme disposer of things. Edward Stillingfleet.

    What nation is there, that, without any teaching, have not a kind of anticipation, or preconceived notion of a Deity? William Derham, Physico-Theology.


  1. Anticipation

    Anticipation is an emotion involving pleasure or anxiety in considering or awaiting an expected event. Anticipatory emotions include fear, anxiety, hope and trust. When the anticipated event fails to occur, it results in disappointment (if positive event) or relief (if negative event).


  1. anticipation

    Anticipation is the action of expecting or preparing for something. It involves looking forward to a future event, often feeling excitement or anxiety about what is to come. Anticipation can also refer to the act of predicting or foreseeing something and then taking advance action based on that prediction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anticipationnoun

    the act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order

  2. Anticipationnoun

    previous view or impression of what is to happen; instinctive prevision; foretaste; antepast; as, the anticipation of the joys of heaven

  3. Anticipationnoun

    hasty notion; intuitive preconception

  4. Anticipationnoun

    the commencing of one or more tones of a chord with or during the chord preceding, forming a momentary discord


  1. Anticipation

    Anticipation is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's second studio album, released in 1971. It is best known for its title track, "Anticipation", which was a top-twenty chart hit in the U.S.; it was later used as the soundtrack for a television commercial for Heinz ketchup in the late 1970s. The song relates Simon's state of mind as she waits to go on a date with Cat Stevens.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anticipation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anticipation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of anticipation in a Sentence

  1. Sara Carter:

    They were saying that in anticipation of Secretary Mayorkas’ visit that they were directed unwritten directives to basically clean everything up, make it look good, put people on busses, ship them out.

  2. Paul Dergarabedian:

    I don't see how anticipation could be any higher, audiences have developed an ongoing relationship with these characters and these stories. It's a must-see movie.

  3. Patrick Murray:

    The Olympic spirit is a bit dampened this year, the delay from last year and lack of spectators have taken the edge off the typical anticipation and excitement for this event. But the emergence of Black Lives Matter in the sports world has also led to a backlash among some Americans.

  4. Craig Patterson:

    We thought it could help us from an overall branding perspective, as we announce the nameplate coming back, it could help us with awareness of it and build that anticipation for when we do have the new product.

  5. Willa Cather:

    She used to drag her mattress besider her low window and lie awake for a long while, vibrating with excitement, as a machine vibrates from speed. Life rushed in upon her through that window - or so it seemed. In reality, of course, life rushes from within, not from without. There is no work of art so big or so beautiful that is was not once all contained in some youthful body, like this one which lay on the floor in the moonlight, pulsing with ardor and anticipation.

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