[ an-tis-uh-pey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of anticipating or the state of being anticipated.

  2. realization in advance; foretaste.

  1. expectation or hope.

  2. previous notion; slight previous impression.

  3. intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience.

  4. Law. a premature withdrawal or assignment of money from a trust estate.

  5. Music. a tone introduced in advance of its harmony so that it sounds against the preceding chord.

Origin of anticipation

First recorded in 1540–50; from Middle French, from Latin anticipātiōn-, stem of anticipātiō “innate notion, preconception,” from anticipāt(us) “taken before, anticipated” (past participle of anticipāre “to take before”; see anticipate) + -iō -ion

Other words from anticipation

  • non·an·tic·i·pa·tion, noun

Words Nearby anticipation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anticipation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anticipation


/ (ænˌtɪsɪˈpeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of anticipating; expectation, premonition, or foresight

  2. the act of taking or dealing with funds before they are legally available or due

  1. music an unstressed, usually short note introduced before a downbeat and harmonically related to the chord immediately following it: Compare suspension (def. 11)

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