anticipationnoun [ U ]uk /ænˌtɪs.ɪˈpeɪ.ʃən/ us /ænˌtɪs.əˈpeɪ.ʃən/
As with most pleasures, it's not so much the experience itself as the anticipation that is enjoyable.
in anticipation (of)
- The audience waited in great anticipation, but nothing happened.
- The city was filled with anticipation in the weeks before the festival.
- We stood on the platform in anticipation, only to be told that the train was cancelled.
- The children jumped up and down in anticipation as the presents were produced.
- After months of anticipation, the holiday was a bit of a disappointment actually.
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