ADJ. great, keen | eager, excited, happy, pleasurable We look forward to your lecture with eager anticipation. a feeling of pleasurable anticipation | growing There is growing anticipation that the prime minister will have to resign.
VERB + ANTICIPATION be full of We are full of anticipation, and can't wait to visit you.
PREP. in ~ of People are buying extra groceries in anticipation of heavy snowstorms.
PHRASES a feeling/sense of anticipation, a shiver/thrill of anticipation The unexpected news sent a thrill of anticipation through the group.