anticipation /antɪsɪˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction

her eyes sparkled with anticipation
they manned the telephones in anticipation of a flood of calls.
[Music] the introduction in a composition of part of a chord which is about to follow in full.
– origin late Middle English: from Latin anticipatio(n-), from the verb anticipare (see anticipate).

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