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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  • 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.

(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)