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anxious

adjective anx·ious \ˈaŋ(k)-shəs\

: afraid or nervous especially about what may happen : feeling anxiety

: causing or showing fear or nervousness

: wanting or eager to do or have something very much especially because of fear or nervousness

Full Definition of ANXIOUS

1
:  characterized by extreme uneasiness of mind or brooding fear about some contingency :  worried <anxious parents>
2
:  characterized by, resulting from, or causing anxiety :  worrying <an anxious night>
3
:  ardently or earnestly wishing <anxious to learn more>
anx·ious·ly adverb
anx·ious·ness noun

Examples of ANXIOUS

  1. She feels anxious and depressed.
  2. People are anxious about the future.
  3. He was anxious that the weather would not improve in time for the party.
  4. We experienced a few anxious moments as we waited to hear the results of the test.
  5. It was an anxious night as she waited for her children to come home.
  6. He was waiting at the door with an anxious expression on his face.
  7. He was anxious for more news.
  8. … to the eye anxious for reform in the city and forgetful of conditions in the countryside … —Joseph A. Amato, Dust, 2000

Origin of ANXIOUS

Latin anxius; akin to Latin angere to strangle, distress — more at anger
First Known Use: circa 1616

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anxious

adjective anx·ious \ˈaŋ(k)-shəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANXIOUS

1
:  characterized by extreme uneasiness of mind or brooding fear about some contingency <anxious students>
2
:  characterized by, resulting from, or causing anxiety <an anxious time in the hospital waiting room>

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