THEMES, TOPICS, ISSUES
R E F E R E N C E S
Anticipation v.t. 1. to realize beforehand; foresee. 2. to expect: to anticipate a favorable decision. 3. to perform [an action] before another has had time to act. 4. to foresee and act in advance of. 5. to cause to occur earlier than in the normal course of events. 6. to nullify, prevent, or forestall by taking countermeasures in advance: to anticipate a blow. [< L anticipát(us) taken before, anticipated [ptp. of anticipáre) = anti- (var. of ante before) + -cip- (var. of cap- take) + átus -ATE1]
-Syn. 1. See expect.
Anticipation n. 1. the act of anticipating. 2. the state of being anticipated. 3. realization in advance; expectation; hope. 4. intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience. 5. Music. a tone introduced in advnace of its harmony so that is sounds against the preceding chord. [< L anaticipátión- (s. of anticipátió) = anticipát(us) (ptp.; see Anticipate) + -i÷n- -ION]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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