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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.

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. Jodi Cole:

    I actually enjoyed being intimate and for the first time in a long time felt that connection with Matt. what (Addyi) does is give just enough support so I can think about that part of our relationship with anticipation of pleasure rather than anxiety.

  2. Daniel Morgan:

    FB stock had made a big run-up in anticipation of the report ...so the room for error was low.

  3. Dan Mace:

    It was a really difficult decision having to postpone it. I feel like I am stuck with those nerves of anticipation especially because everything was ready to go.

  4. Chadwick Boseman:

    Throughout our filming, I was communicating with them, knowing they were both terminal. What they and their parents said to me was, they were trying to hold on till this movie comes, to a certain degree it’s a humbling experience because you’re like, this can’t mean that much to them. But seeing how the world has taken this on, I realize they anticipated something great. Thinking back now to when I was a kid, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy I was going to get a chance to experience, or a video game, I did live life waiting for those moments. It put me back in the mind of being a kid and feeling those two boys’ anticipation of this movie. When I found out that they….

  5. New York:

    We can take all the precautions in advance, and we did deploy our assets to be on the ground in anticipation, but mother nature will do whatever she wants, and she is really angry tonight, we have to be prepared to cleanup tomorrow. I'll be on site in the morning to make sure this is going well, but right now we're in a very dire situation.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. suspicious
    • B. squashy
    • C. sought
    • D. opaque

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