Definition of anticipation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ænˌtɪsɪˈpeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ænˌtɪsɪˈpeɪʃn//
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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.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin anticipatio(n-), from the verb anticipare, based on ante- ‘before’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples People are buying extra groceries in anticipation of heavy snowstorms. The unexpected news sent a thrill of anticipation through the group. There is growing anticipation that the chairman will have to resign. There was a sense of anticipation in the audience as the curtain went up for the premiere. These brief glimpses heightened their anticipation of when they could be together. We are full of anticipation, and can’t wait to visit you. We look forward to your lecture with eager anticipation. a feeling of pleasurable anticipation Parents visit the school in anticipation that action will be taken. There was widespread anticipation of further expansion.
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