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

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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 Fans and foes have weighed in on Brown’s actions, flooding social media with comments that range from outraged blasts to avid support. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Bachelor Nation stars react to Hannah Brown using the N-word," 18 May 2020 Matt Lindler of Edgefield, South Carolina, is an avid turkey hunter who also spends his professional life immersed in the world of wild turkeys as NWTF's director of conservation communications. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tale of a pompadoured tom emerges from Wisconsin turkey fields," 16 May 2020 This paper—currently published online in draft format and seeding avid debates on social media—argues that much of psychological research is nowhere near the point of being ready to help in a crisis. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Humans are complicated—do we need behavioral science to get through this?," 16 May 2020 Aisha and Kelton, both avid travelers, were originally considering a destination wedding. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "ESSENCE Staffer Aisha Becker-Burrowes Got Married Virtually On 'Tamron Hall Show'," 14 May 2020 The event designer and avid traveler has recently started booking trips for later this year, including a winter escape to Sumba Island in southeast Indonesia. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Travelers Are Booking Winter Vacations—Despite the Uncertainty," 8 May 2020 Frank is an excellent instructor and avid hunter, angler, and bow maker. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Survival Schools for Hunters and Anglers," 3 Mar. 2020 But Tuesday's announcement is also a major turning point for Walmart (WMT), an historically conservative company whose founder was an avid hunter. Clare Duffy, CNN, "How Walmart became an unlikely champion of gun safety," 4 Sep. 2019 The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter with strong opinions about Second Amendment rights, has also raised concerns about the legislation, in addition to proposals to strengthen background checks. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Second Amendment advocates warn Trump over support for "red flag" laws," 14 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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25 May 2020

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“Avid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avid. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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