- 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
Examples from the Web for anticipation
There was an air of excitement and anticipation in the lobby as showtime approached.I Was Honeydicked Into Spending Christmas with ‘The Interview’
December 26, 2014
First, there was the anticipation and excitement that there was going to be a movie.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
In anticipation of the new series, Gail Simone spoke with The Daily Beast via email.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
Vieira dumped his personal Facebook page a few weeks ago, partly in anticipation of more backlash that will come with the show.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid
November 13, 2014
In anticipation of 2016 the GOP had better consolidate its goods and reinvent its brand.Wake Up, Republicans: Hillary Clinton’s Machine Can Crush You
September 26, 2014
"Nobody but you and me," Burke declared, all agog with anticipation of victory at last.Within the Law
But he was beginning to drink with pleasure, with anticipation, with hope.The Secret Agent
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.Imogen
Both the experience and the anticipation of it were emotionally exciting.Cleo The Magnificent
- 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)
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.