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[an-tis-uh-pey-shuh n] /ænˌtɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən/
the act of anticipating or the state of being anticipated.
realization in advance; foretaste.
expectation or hope.
previous notion; slight previous impression.
intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience.
Law. a premature withdrawal or assignment of money from a trust estate.
Music. a tone introduced in advance of its harmony so that it sounds against the preceding chord.
Origin of anticipation
1540-50; (< Middle French) < Latin anticipātiōn- (stem of anticipātiō), equivalent to anticipāt(us) (past participle; see anticipate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonanticipation, noun Unabridged
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  • It was possibly in anticipation of his theory that the young effigy called him "father!"

    Materialized Apparitions Edward Augustus Brackett
  • Both the realization and the anticipation are most pleasing.

    Booker T. Washington Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
  • Besides, the slight put upon poor Betsey had destroyed much of the pleasure of anticipation.

  • And that is why I apologise in anticipation for a probable lack of proportion in this work.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • He eyed me sardonically for a moment, as if enjoying in anticipation the pleasure of compelling me against my will.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for anticipation


the act of anticipating; expectation, premonition, or foresight
the act of taking or dealing with funds before they are legally available or due
(music) an unstressed, usually short note introduced before a downbeat and harmonically related to the chord immediately following it Compare suspension (sense 11)
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Word Origin and History for anticipation

late 14c., from Latin anticipationem (nominative anticipatio) "preconception, preconceived notion," noun of action from past participle stem of anticipare "take care of ahead of time" (see anticipate). Meaning "action of looking forward to" is from 1809.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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