- (America) IPA: /æn.tɪs.əˈpe.ʃən/
- The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
- Often the anticipation of a shot is worse than the pain of the stick.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
- So shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the king and queen moult no feather.
- The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
- He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.
- The happy anticipation of renewed existence in company with the spirits of the just.
- (finance) Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
- (rhetoric) Prolepsis.
- (music) A non-harmonic tone that is lower or higher than a note in the previous chord and a unison to a note in the next chord.
- (obsolete) Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.
- a. 1705, John Locke, “Of the Conduct of the Understanding”, in Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke: […], London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], published 1706, OCLC 6963663 ↗, § 25, page 81 ↗:
- [M]any Men give themſelves up to the firſt anticipations of their minds, and are very tenacious of the Opinions that firſt poſſeſs them; [...]
- German: Erwartung , Vorausahnung, Vorahnung
- Italian: anticipazione
- Portuguese: antecipação
- Russian: ожида́ние
- Spanish: previsión