av·​id | \ ˈa-vəd How to pronounce avid (audio) \

Definition of avid

1 : characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit : very eager and enthusiastic avid readers/fans an avid golfer
2 : desirous to the point of greed : urgently eager : greedy avid for publicity/success

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Other Words from avid

avidly adverb
avidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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).

Examples of avid in a Sentence

He is an avid admirer of horror movies. They took an avid interest in politics. some of the newspaper's most avid readers
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An avid hunter, Mr. Dell’Aquila, 58, was interviewed at his house in Nashville, sitting in front of a large stuffed black bear. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "N.R.A. Donor Directs a Revolt Against a ‘Radioactive’ Leader," 2 July 2019 Several guns were found inside the home, and he is described as an avid hunter, police said. Jennifer Edwards Baker And Lauren Minor, Cincinnati.com, "Man arrested after 20 rounds fired, SWAT standoff in NKY," 1 July 2019 In addition to being an avid reader, Camilla is patron of a number of literacy charities including the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, Beanstalk, and First Story. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Camilla Shares Her Passion for Literacy with School Children at Windsor Castle," 14 June 2019 The Warriors point guard, who is an avid golfer in his spare time, is serving as executive producer of the new 10-episode mini-golf competition series Holey Moley. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Stephen Curry teases he'll 'pop up everywhere' in mini-golf competition show Holey Moley," 19 June 2019 Among the tidbits is that Mary, Queen of Scots, was an avid golfer, and the game may have had a role in her execution. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Caddie film ‘Loopers’ sheds new light on a golfer’s most important teammate," 6 June 2019 But for both avid and casual soccer fans, there are plenty of other bars and restaurants across Portland that will be hotspots to watch the games. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Where to watch the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Portland: Bars, pubs, food specials, more," 5 June 2019 With help from her husband, a friend who is an avid and skilled genealogist, and her own sleuthing skills, Ms. Shapiro tracked down her biological father. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "The Family Secret Uncovered by a Writer’s DNA Test," 4 Jan. 2019 Johnson, 31, is a writer, researcher and avid connoisseur of Los Angeles history. Benjamin Oreskes, www.latimes.com, "Many people work hard to avoid the homeless. These volunteers embrace them," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of avid

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of avid

: very eager
: wanting something very much


av·​id | \ ˈa-vəd How to pronounce avid (audio) \

Kids Definition of avid

: very eager an avid football fan

Other Words from avid

avidly adverb

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