: a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action
hired more security guards in anticipation of a large crowd
: the act of looking forward
especially : pleasurable expectation
looked forward with anticipation to their arrival
: the use of money before it is available
: visualization of a future event or state
: an object or form that anticipates a later type
: the early sounding of one or more tones of a succeeding chord to form a temporary dissonance compare suspension
She had a feeling of great anticipation before her graduation ceremony. He looked forward to the party with anticipation.
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