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
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
Recent Examples of avid from the Web
Yvette Meunier, a scientist and avid bicyclist, last year took it upon herself to chronicle an increasing trash menace in Maine, those little liquor bottles, typical of minibars and airplanes.
Bonnici experienced his own life changing event when his father, Tony, an avid mountain biker, crashed while on a ride with a friend in 1999.
Businessman George Duthie made a pledge of $500,000 to name the entry plaza outside the center in memory of his late wife, Mary Lee Duthie, an avid gardener.
But according to CNBC, the president—an avid reader—
Konhauser, known as an avid runner who organizes many runs and walks for many not for profit organizations, won the award for launching new projects at the JCC.
Many are avid readers and members of library book clubs.
Most people know the Morgan name for its connection to the financial world, but J.P. Morgan, Jr. was also an avid art and literature collector, a passion made obvious by the contents of his New York City residence.
My father was an avid gardener and started his plants in hotbeds in March of each year, weather permitting.
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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: 1769See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of avid
AVID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of avid for English Language Learners
: very eager
: wanting something very much
AVID Defined for Kids
Definition of avid for Students
: very eager an avid football fan
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