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- (US) IPA (key): /æn.tɪs.ɪˈpeɪ.ʃən/ or /æn.tɪs.əˈpeɪ.ʃən/
- Anticipation is looking forward to or expecting something, expectancy, the eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
- He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.
- 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 needle stick.