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 Per Rhian Daly of music magazine NME, Harrison asked the photographer not to put his name on the return envelope, as doing so could reveal his address to avid fans. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Stint in Hamburg Helped Catapult the Beatles to Superstardom," 6 Apr. 2021 Even the most avid Netflix fans out there have to admit that 2021 hasn’t exactly been a stellar year so far for Netflix. Zach Epstein, BGR, "52 new movies are coming to Netflix in April 2021 – here’s the full list," 27 Mar. 2021 While local customers are their most avid fans, Rachels and Flahie want to use Heartisans' online store to expand their customer base outside of East Texas. Square Contributor, Forbes, "‘We’ve Got to Do This’: How Selling Online Helped This Texas Nonprofit Expand Their Mission," 19 Mar. 2021 From elementary school to high school and collegiate to Pacers home games, gyms across the state are sold out with avid fans throughout the winter, each and every year. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Dear basketball, this is our love letter to you ... always and forever, Indiana," 10 Mar. 2021 The game developer has a reputation for pulling some of its most avid fans into its ranks, but whether that relationship will persevere isn't so clear. Save this story for later. Luke Winkie, Wired, "How Blizzard Transforms Its Fans Into Employees," 27 Feb. 2021 Half the users are avid Friends fans scared to finish the video and reveal the tic. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "You Won't Be Able to Stop Hearing Jennifer Aniston's Weird Vocal Habit on "Friends"," 23 Feb. 2021 Last week, the baseball world lost one of its most avid fans. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Fans are closing their Chargers accounts," 11 Dec. 2020 One of the unique aspects of being a sportswriter is having thousands of avid fans follow you on social media, eagerly waiting for the latest updates on their favorite players and teams. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Andy Larsen: How I sent a tweet that unintentionally raised $50,000 for charity," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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“Avid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avid. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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