anticipation

noun
an·​tic·​i·​pa·​tion | \ (ˌ)an-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce anticipation (audio) \

Definition of anticipation

1a : a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action hired more security guards in anticipation of a large crowd
b : the act of looking forward especially : pleasurable expectation looked forward with anticipation to their arrival
2 : the use of money before it is available
3a : visualization of a future event or state
b : an object or form that anticipates a later type
4 : the early sounding of one or more tones of a succeeding chord to form a temporary dissonance — compare suspension

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Choose the Right Synonym for anticipation

prospect, outlook, anticipation, foretaste mean an advance realization of something to come. prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern. the prospect of a quiet weekend outlook suggests a forecasting of the future. a favorable outlook for the economy anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen. the anticipation of her arrival foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming. the frost was a foretaste of winter

Examples of anticipation in a Sentence

She had a feeling of great anticipation before her graduation ceremony. He looked forward to the party with anticipation.

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But the growing anticipation of peace, and plans for presidential elections later this month, had allowed people to imagine a life without war for the first time in decades. Washington Post, "Afghanistan’s Ghani to travel to Washington as peace deal limps ahead and violence surges," 7 Sep. 2019 After months of Easter eggs, performances, live streams, and much anticipation (and speculation), Taylor Swift‘s new album Lover is here! Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Taylor Swift's album Lover is officially here — listen now," 23 Aug. 2019 After months of anticipation, West Hartford will soon be home to the state’s first small-format Target store. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Connecticut’s first small-format Target opening Sunday at West Hartford’s Bishops Corner," 14 Aug. 2019 The anticipation, or even the contractual possibility, of an extension is sufficient to create relevance. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Tells Court It Shouldn't Have to Disclose Which Actors Have Long-Term Deals," 23 July 2019 First, there's the anticipation, and for feverish excitement, no match at this Women's World Cup has yet to compare to Friday's quarterfinal clash between the US and France. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "France vs. USA: 'A magnificent showcase' for the Women's World Cup," 28 June 2019 After months of anticipation, Adam Levine's new competition program Songland finally aired its first episode Tuesday evening on NBC. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Songland' Artist John Legend Chose "We Need Love" on the First Episode and Fans Are Fired Up," 29 May 2019 After weeks—well, years actually—of anticipation, the Battle of Winterfell is finally over, and the Army of the Dead is no more. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Women of Game of Thrones Crushed the Battle of Winterfell Last Night," 29 Apr. 2019 But there’s also anticipation about what Beatrice, the older sister of the bride, will wear to the wedding. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "There’s another royal wedding coming up: Princess Eugenie’s," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of anticipation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for anticipation

see anticipate

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The first known use of anticipation was in the 14th century

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anticipation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anticipation

: a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen
: the act of preparing for something

anticipation

noun
an·​tic·​i·​pa·​tion | \ an-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce anticipation (audio) \

Kids Definition of anticipation

1 : excitement about something that's going to happen She looked forward to the trip with anticipation.
2 : the act of preparing for something

anticipation

noun
an·​tic·​i·​pa·​tion | \ (ˌ)an-ˌtis-ə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce anticipation (audio) \

Medical Definition of anticipation

1 : occurrence (as of a disease or symptom) before the normal or expected time
2 : mental attitude that influences a later response

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anticipation

noun
an·​ti·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ an-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce anticipation (audio) \

Legal Definition of anticipation

: the knowledge or use of an invention in the U.S. or the patenting or describing of the invention in a publication in the U.S. or a foreign country before the discovery by a patent applicant

Note: Case law has established that every claim or element of a claim has to be disclosed in the prior art in order for a patent application to be barred by anticipation. If an application is amended to consist of claims not disclosed in the prior art, invalidation by anticipation can be avoided.

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