anticipation

Anticipation is excitement, waiting eagerly for something you know is going to happen. Someone who has just proposed marriage waits in anticipation for a positive reply.

Anticipation can be a nervous expectation, like when the birthday party waited in anticipation for Elmer to walk in so they could surprise him. However, anticipation can also mean to be like a Boy Scout: prepared. The weather center's anticipation of the storm prevented anyone from getting hurt. It can refer to something you'd like to prevent from happening, such as "the anticipation of a tax increase next year." Either way, it's a way of looking ahead, just like its Latin roots which mean "to take care of ahead of time."

DEFINITIONS OF: anticipation

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n the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)

Synonyms:
prediction, prevision
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projection
a prediction made by extrapolating from past observations
prognostication, prophecy, vaticination
knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
adumbration, foreshadowing, prefiguration
the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
crystal gazing
staring into a crystal ball to arouse visions of future or distant events
divination, foretelling, fortune telling, soothsaying
the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
Type of:
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
thinking that is coherent and logical

n an expectation

Synonyms:
expectancy
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suspense
excited anticipation of an approaching climax
fever
intense nervous anticipation
hope
a specific instance of feeling hopeful
buck fever
nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter
gold fever
greed and the contagious excitement of a gold rush
Type of:
expectation
the feeling that something is about to happen

n something expected (as on the basis of a norm)

“each of them had their own anticipations
Synonyms:
expectancy
Types:
life expectancy
an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
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expectation, outlook, prospect
belief about (or mental picture of) the future

n anticipating with confidence of fulfillment

Synonyms:
expectation
Type of:
hopefulness
full of hope
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