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anticipation (n.)

late 14c., "foreshadowing," from Latin anticipationem (nominative anticipatio) "preconception, preconceived notion," noun of action from past-participle stem of anticipare "take (care of) ahead of time," literally "taking into possession beforehand," from anti, an old form of ante "before" (from PIE root *ant- "front, forehead," with derivatives meaning "in front of, before") + capere "to take," from PIE root *kap- "to grasp." Meaning "act of being before another in doing something" is from 1550s. Meaning "action of looking forward to" is from 1809.

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Definitions of anticipation from WordNet

anticipation (n.)
an expectation;
Synonyms: expectancy
anticipation (n.)
something expected (as on the basis of a norm);
each of them had their own anticipations
Synonyms: expectancy
anticipation (n.)
the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future);
Synonyms: prediction / prevision
anticipation (n.)
anticipating with confidence of fulfillment;
Synonyms: expectation
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