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Dictionary definition for: Anticipation

1. (n) pleasurable expectation

2. (n) something expected (as on the basis of a norm) "each of them had their own anticipations" "an indicator of expectancy in development"

3. (n) the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)

4. (n) some early entity whose type or style anticipates a later one; "there were many anticipations of Darwinian theory" "the hour glass was an anticipation of the clock"

5. (n) wishing with confidence of fulfillment

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