Simple Definition of anxiety
: fear or nervousness about what might happen
: a feeling of wanting to do something very much
Full Definition of anxiety
1 a : painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill b : fearful concern or interest c : a cause of anxiety
2 : an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it
Examples of anxiety in a sentence
feelings of anger and anxiety
She suffers from chronic anxiety.
He's been feeling a lot of anxiety about his new job.
Origin of anxiety
Latin anxietas, from anxius
First Known Use: circa 1525
Synonym Discussion of anxiety
ANXIETY Defined for Kids
Definition of anxiety for Students
: fear or nervousness about what might happen <Tests cause many people anxiety.>
Medical Definition of anxiety
1a (1): apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill : a state of being anxious (2): an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with itb: mentally distressing concern or interest <Yet the pace of a child's progress can also be a source of anxiety for mothers and fathers.—Susan Ochshorn, Parenting, February 1995>
2: a cause of anxiety <… the younger children, faced with a new school, harder subjects and the myriad anxieties that thread childhood and adolescence …—Charisse Jones, The New York Times, 13 Sept. 1994>
Learn More about anxiety
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for "anxiety" Medical Dictionary: Definition of "anxiety" Spanish Central: Translation of "anxiety" Nglish: Translation of "anxiety" for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of "anxiety" for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "anxiety"
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up anxiety? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).