American English

Definition of anticipation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the fact of seeing that something might happen in the future and perhaps doing something about it now He bought extra food in anticipation of more people coming than he'd invited.
  2. 2a feeling of excitement about something (usually something good) that is going to happen happy/eager/excited anticipation The courtroom was filled with anticipation.
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