Meaning of “anticipation” in the English Dictionary

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"anticipation" in British English

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anticipationnoun [ U ]

uk /ænˌtɪs.ɪˈpeɪ.ʃən/ us /ænˌtɪs.əˈpeɪ.ʃən/

C2 a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen in the near future:

As with most pleasures, it's not so much the experience itself as the anticipation that is enjoyable.
The postponement of the film's sequel has held cinemagoers in eager anticipation for several months.
in anticipation (of)

C2 in preparation for something happening:

She's even decorated the spare room in anticipation of your visit.

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(Definition of “anticipation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"anticipation" in American English

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anticipationnoun [ U ]

us /ænˌtɪs·əˈpeɪ·ʃən/

Anticipation is also a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen in the near future:

Skiers look forward to the first snow of winter with eager anticipation.

(Definition of “anticipation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)