What does the word anticipation mean?

Usage examples for anticipation

  1. She saw in anticipation the happiness of that household broken up. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  2. But Lord North was correct in his anticipation that their vote would not put an end to the agitation on the question, and it was renewed in the next session in a manner which at one time threatened to produce a breach between the two Houses. – The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860 by Charles Duke Yonge
  3. The thought that he was going to see Elina, that he was going to pass some time with her, filled his heart with the keenest joy in anticipation. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock