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
As the Guardian reports, the note includes a quote spoken by Pride and Prejudice character Caroline Bingley, who viewed actual avid bookworm protagonist Elizabeth Bennet as her main rival for the affections of Mr. Darcy.
As for the Love Mural, avid festivalgoers can expect to see it at Country Thunder, Lollapalooza and Life Is Beautiful in Vegas.
For the avid cycler, choosing a high-quality helmet is as crucial as having a solid bike.
First, Marianne allowed her husband Steve, an avid collector — perhaps a borderline hoarder?
Former president George W. Bush was a known avid consumer of intelligence analysis, for example.
Lawrence Conaway, a native of Birmingham, is an avid volunteer and founder of the non-proft Charity in Action that provides GED preparation, literacy, parenting classes, job preparation, and tutoring for adults and youths.
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.
During an avid discussion with the authorities about whether Anjum can take in another foundling, someone else makes off with the baby.
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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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