AskDefine | Define anticipation

Dictionary Definition



1 pleasurable expectation [syn: expectancy]
2 something expected (as on the basis of a norm); "each of them had their own anticipations"; "an indicator of expectancy in development" [syn: expectancy]
3 the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future) [syn: prediction, prevision]
4 some early entity whose type or style anticipates a later one; "there were many anticipations of Darwinian theory"; "the hour glass was an anticipation of the clock"
5 wishing with confidence of fulfillment [syn: expectation]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin anticipatio: compare with French anticipation.



  1. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
  2. Debts that are paid off early, generally in order to pay less interest.


Finnish: varautuminen
Turkish: sezinleme


Extensive Definition

Anticipation can refer to:
anticipation in German: Antizipation
anticipation in French: Anticipation (homonymie)
anticipation in Dutch: Anticipatie
anticipation in Russian: Антиципация

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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