Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of anticipating.
  • n. An expectation.
  • n. Foreknowledge, intuition, and presentiment.
  • n. The use or assignment of funds, especially from a trust fund, before they are legitimately available for use.
  • n. Music Introduction on a weak beat of one note of a new chord before the previous chord is resolved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
  • n. The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
  • n. Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
  • n. Prolepsis.
  • n. a non-harmonic tone that is lower or higher than a note in the previous chord and a unison to a note in the next chord
  • n. Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
  • n. Previous view or impression of what is to happen; instinctive prevision; foretaste; antepast.
  • n. Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.
  • n. The commencing of one or more tones of a chord with or during the chord preceding, forming a momentary discord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of being before another in doing something; the act of taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, before the proper time, or out of the natural order; prior action.
  • n. Foretaste; realization in advance; previous view or impression of what is to happen afterward; expectation; hope: as, the anticipation of the joys of heaven.
  • n. Previous notion; preconceived opinion, produced in the mind before the truth is known; slight previous impression; forecast.
  • n. In logic, the term used since Cicero (Latin anticipatio) to translate the “prolepsis” (πρόληψις) of the Epicureans and Stoics.
  • n. In medicine, the occurrence in the human body of any phenomenon, morbid or natural, before the usual time.
  • n. In music, the introduction into a chord of one or more of the component notes of the chord which follows, producing a passing discord.
  • n. In rhetoric, prolepsis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
  • n. something expected (as on the basis of a norm)
  • n. the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
  • n. an expectation

Etymologies

From Latin anticipatio; compare with French anticipation. (Wiktionary)

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