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anticipation

noun
     
an‧tic‧i‧pa‧tion [uncountable]
1 when you are expecting something to happen:
She waited in eager anticipation for Robert to arrive.
Taylor was excited and full of anticipation at the prospect of the trip.
2

do something in anticipation of something

to do something because you expect something to happen:
The workers have called off their strike in anticipation of a pay offer.

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