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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Recent Examples on the Web

LaRose, an avid kayaker, is pushing for more river access in the park. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "AG Dave Yost suspends but defends Ohio’s facial-recognition software: Capitol Letter," 15 Aug. 2019 Millie loved reading, dancing, playing mahjong and was an avid knitter, making many sweaters and blankets for family and friends. courant.com, "Mildred Shor," 14 Aug. 2019 The two avid bike commuters designed the first iterations of the light in 2018 and had friends and strangers test it out, Vega said. Madeline St. Amour, The Denver Post, "CU Boulder students innovate bike lights to improve visibility," 11 Aug. 2019 As an avid sportsman who served four years in the United States Marine Corps, Oscar Kazen has an appreciation for guns. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Texas lawmakers should close 2013 gun loophole," 10 Aug. 2019 An avid Young enthusiast, LeBlanc’s voice is haunting like Neil’s, just prettier. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Rising Muscle Shoals musicians go back to the ’80s," 9 Aug. 2019 Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz was an avid video gamer who frequently played as much as 15 hours or more a day, his neighbors told investigators. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Gamers and mass shooters: Do video games really make a person more aggressive?," 9 Aug. 2019 An avid mountaineer, Erickson’s expeditions included Mount Everest. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Text messages before fatal plane crash near Girdwood reveal new details," 8 Aug. 2019 Bush was an avid Atlantic salmon angler himself and particularly loved fishing up north in Canada. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Last Presidential Salmon," 7 Aug. 2019

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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

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avidly adverb

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