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Webster 1913 Edition


Anticipation

An-ticˊi-pa′tion

(ănˊtĭsˊĭ-pā′shŭn)
,
Noun.
[L.
anticipatio
: cf. F.
anticipation
.]
1.
The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
So shall my
anticipation
prevent your discovery.
Shakespeare
2.
Previous view or impression of what is to happen; instinctive prevision; foretaste; antepast;
as, the
anticipation
of the joys of heaven
.
The happy
anticipation
of renewed existence in company with the spirits of the just.
Thodey.
3.
Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.
Many men give themselves up to the first
anticipations
of their minds.
Locke.
4.
(Mus.)
The commencing of one or more tones of a chord with or during the chord preceding, forming a momentary discord.
Syn. – Preoccupation; preclusion; foretaste; prelibation; antepast; pregustation; preconception; expectation; foresight; forethought.

Webster 1828 Edition


Anticipation

ANTICIPA'TION

,
Noun.
1.
The act of taking up, placing, or considering something before the proper time, in natural order; prevention.
2.
Foretaste; previous view or impression of what is to happen afterward; as, the anticipation of the joys of heaven.
The happy anticipation of a renewed existence in company with the spirits of the just.
3.
Previous notion; preconceived opinion, produced in the mind, before the truth is known; slight previous impression.
4.
The attack of a fever before the usual time.
5.
In music, the obtrusion of a chord upon a syncopated note, to which it forms a discord.

Definition 2023


anticipation

anticipation

English

Noun

anticipation (plural anticipations)

  1. 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 stick.
  2. The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
    He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.
    • Thodey
      The happy anticipation of renewed existence in company with the spirits of the just.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
  3. (finance) Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
  4. (rhetoric) Prolepsis.
  5. (music) 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.
  6. (obsolete) Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.
    • John Locke (1632-1705)
      Many men give themselves up to the first anticipations of their minds.

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References

  • anticipation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • anticipation in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

French

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Noun

anticipation f (plural anticipations)

  1. anticipation