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avid

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adjective av·id \ˈa-vəd\

Simple Definition of avid

  • : very eager

  • : wanting something very much

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of avid

  1. 1 :  desirous to the point of greed :  urgently eager :  greedy <avid for publicity>

  2. 2 :  characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit <avid readers>

avidly

adverb

avidness

noun

Examples of avid in a sentence

  1. He is an avid admirer of horror movies.

  2. They took an avid interest in politics.

  3. some of the newspaper's most avid readers



The Finer Points of avid

The original and now relatively unfamiliar sense of avid, “desirous to the point of greed,” developed logically from its root in Latin, avēre (meaning “to long for”). It appears in such phrases as “avid of fame” and “avid for details,” expressions we are more likely to encounter in formal writing than in speech. More common today is the word’s somewhat weakened and ameliorated (that is, “made better,” or given a more positive connotation) meaning “extremely enthusiastic.” This is the sense regularly used of people who have embraced some hobby or pursuit (such as avid readers, gardeners, or knitters).

Origin and Etymology of avid

French or Latin; French avide, from Latin avidus, from avēre to desire, crave; akin to Welsh ewyllys desire, Old Irish con-oí he protects


First Known Use: 1769

Synonym Discussion of avid

eager, avid, keen, anxious, athirst mean moved by a strong and urgent desire or interest. eager implies ardor and enthusiasm and sometimes impatience at delay or restraint <eager to get started>. avid adds to eager the implication of insatiability or greed <avid for new thrills>. keen suggests intensity of interest and quick responsiveness in action <keen on the latest fashions>. anxious emphasizes fear of frustration or failure or disappointment <anxious not to make a social blunder>. athirst stresses yearning but not necessarily readiness for action <athirst for adventure>.

Rhymes with avid


AVID Defined for Kids

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adjective av·id \ˈa-vəd\

Definition of avid for Students

  1. :  very eager <an avid football fan>

avidly

adverb




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