2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Anxious \Anx"ious\ ([a^][ng]k"sh[u^]s), adjective [L. anxius, fr. angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a'gchein to choke. See {Anger}.]

1. Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.

2. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things; as, anxious labor.

The sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares. --Milton.

3. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.

He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform. --Macaulay.

Note: Anxious is followed by for, about, concerning, etc., before the object of solicitude.

Syn: Solicitous; careful; uneasy; unquiet; restless; concerned; disturbed; watchful.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: eagerly desirous; "anxious to see the new show at the museum"; "dying to hear who won" [syn: {anxious(p)}, {dying(p)}]

2: causing or fraught with or showing anxiety; "spent an anxious night waiting for the test results"; "cast anxious glances behind her"; "those nervous moments before takeoff"; "an unquiet mind" [syn: {anxious}, {nervous}, {queasy}, {uneasy}, {unquiet}]

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