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anxiety

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noun, anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\

Simple Definition of anxiety

  • : fear or nervousness about what might happen

  • : a feeling of wanting to do something very much

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of anxiety

plural anxieties

  1. 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. 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

  1. feelings of anger and anxiety

  2. She suffers from chronic anxiety.

  3. 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

care, concern, solicitude, anxiety, worry mean a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this. care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension <a face worn by years of care>. concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection <crimes caused concern in the neighborhood>. solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another <acted with typical maternal solicitude>. anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure <plagued by anxiety and self-doubt>. worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety <financial worries>.

Rhymes with anxiety


ANXIETY Defined for Kids

anxiety

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noun anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\

Definition of anxiety for Students

plural anxieties

  1. :  fear or nervousness about what might happen <Tests cause many people anxiety.>




Medical Dictionary

anxiety

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noun anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of anxiety

plural anxieties

  1. 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. 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>





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