[an-tis-uh-pey-shuh n]


Origin of anticipation

1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin anticipātiōn- (stem of anticipātiō), equivalent to anticipāt(us) (past participle; see anticipate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·an·tic·i·pa·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of anticipation

  • "Nobody but you and me," Burke declared, all agog with anticipation of victory at last.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But he was beginning to drink with pleasure, with anticipation, with hope.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • This was at a moment when all England was in arms, in anticipation of an invasion from France.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • By anticipation their bosoms swelled with gratitude, and their hearts dilated into praise.


    William Godwin

  • Both the experience and the anticipation of it were emotionally exciting.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

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 itCompare suspension (def. 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