Definition of anticipation in English:



  • 1The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction.

    ‘her eyes sparkled with anticipation’
    • ‘It would be a massive understatement to say that Condorcet's forecast of advances in science, technology, and medicine has held up better than his anticipations of progress in ethics and politics.’
    • ‘After a pleasant journey we arrived safely - yet it was far from our anticipations and the mood of contentment lapsed.’
    • ‘He'd wanted some hope that his negative anticipations would be proven wrong, but I had just confirmed that leaving college would not only be as bad as he feared, but actually much worse.’
    • ‘She has also started to conceptualise the passage of time, filling her constant conversation with memories and anticipations.’
    • ‘Proximate preparation is all that transpires generally from, say, late October through December, in terms of anticipations and plans.’
    • ‘Each day, we awaken with certain expectations and anticipations: people we will see, things we plan to do, obligations or tasks to be fulfilled.’
    • ‘I know you are excited with the anticipations of these adventures you can experience, but I am hard at work’
    • ‘It was the aroma of the Christmas cake baking that triggered the anticipations and excitement.’
    • ‘There are bizarre anticipations of the Princess Diana cult - airhead clothes-horse becomes martyr for entire, weeping nation - in this musical about the trophy wife of dictator Juan Peron.’
    • ‘‘Everybody, everywhere will be perpetually and constantly looking up, with a sense of loss and insecurity, with a vague distress of painful anticipations,’ Wells wrote.’
    • ‘But anticipations of victory, however rational, were premature.’
    • ‘Older people I think are probably in a stage of life where the anticipations of death are more frequent.’
    • ‘A brand is a well-differentiated concept for providing consumers with a benefit that will arouse motivating, exclusive and incomparable anticipations.’
    • ‘This erotics of identification invariably frustrates the viewers' anticipations and appeals instead to their puzzle-solving abilities.’
    • ‘‘These anticipations were happily premature,’ he wrote later.’
    • ‘With its ability to fold a mythic idealized past into anticipations of the postwar city and its new social arrangements, the community center was an ideal vehicle for the living memorial.’
    • ‘We may become so obsessed with our ability to anticipate future events that our anticipations may seem to be real to us.’
    • ‘This simple reality is hidden from view by early philosophical and theological anticipations of mass schooling in various writings about social order and human nature.’
    • ‘Poetic vision is always double vision, impressions of fact always mediated by anticipations of form; but here these anticipations seem to obstruct, or even to prevent, any knowledge of a real house or real road.’
    • ‘The movie has fascinating echoes and anticipations of films like Casablanca, Paths of Glory and Lawrence of Arabia, and it tells an unglamorous truth about fear among the officer classes.’
    expectation, prediction, forecast
    expectancy, expectation, hope, hopefulness
    in the expectation of, in preparation for, in case of, ready for, against
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  • in anticipation

    • With the probability or expectation of something happening.

      ‘they manned the telephones in anticipation of a flood of calls’
      • ‘This as twenty fish were laid out in perfect order in anticipation of the big fish fry.’
      • ‘I only nodded in a response and waited in anticipation of what Scott had to say to me.’
      • ‘A safety message has been issued in anticipation of further high spring tides throughout the summer.’
      • ‘Your hands tremble in anticipation as you plug the one end into the PC and the other into the unit.’
      • ‘In my youth, when I climbed the Reek, it was in anticipation of pleasure, not as a penance.’
      • ‘Well, its now over two weeks later and I'm still tapping my foot in anticipation of this new and improved version.’
      • ‘Inside the atmosphere was just as restless as people surged forward towards the stage in anticipation of the event.’
      • ‘There was an enormous sense of belonging and joy in anticipation of the arrival of the Holy Father.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, news of a new record left fans chewing their fingernails raw in anticipation.’
      • ‘They still look good value in anticipation of good growth next year.’
      • ‘It is understood security has been tightened in parts of the airport in anticipation of a second protest in the New Year.’
      • ‘He used a finger to trace the outline of her lips and she closed her eyes in anticipation.’
      • ‘By mid-day the crowds lined the riverbank in anticipation of the local raft race finals.’
      • ‘She had to force herself to lay still and she shook in anticipation.’
      • ‘Don't ignore that which is happening now in anticipation of that which is yet to happen.’
      • ‘We heard that they were beefing up security in anticipation of serious protests.’
      • ‘They will spend most of the day purifying the home in anticipation of the coming baby.’
      • ‘His explanation, that the movement had been in anticipation of another foul, was unconvincing.’
      • ‘We both ran into the bathroom where we had had the faucets turned on for the last eight days in anticipation of water.’
      • ‘This is worrying investors, and has led to depressed prices in recent months in anticipation of the downgrade.’


Late Middle English: from Latin anticipatio(n-), from the verb anticipare (see anticipate).