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
  1. noun
    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
    synonyms: prediction, prevision
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    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
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    abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
    thinking that is coherent and logical
  2. noun
    an expectation
    synonyms: expectancy
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    excited anticipation of an approaching climax
    intense nervous anticipation
    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:
    the feeling that something is about to happen
  3. noun
    something expected (as on the basis of a norm)
    “each of them had their own anticipations
    synonyms: expectancy
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    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
  4. noun
    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
    synonyms: expectation
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    type of:
    full of hope
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