av·​id | \ ˈa-vəd How to pronounce avid (audio) \

Essential Meaning of avid

1 : very eager : enthusiastic keen He is an avid admirer of horror movies. They took an avid interest in politics. See More Examplesan avid cook/dancer/fan/golfer/reader some of the newspaper's most avid readersHide
2 : wanting something very much He was avid for success. = He was avid to succeed.

Full 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 The event is sponsored by the Leitson Family in memory of Robert M. Leitson, who was an avid reader and lover of books. cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 An avid reader, Sexton also liked to cover libraries and teachers' efforts to encourage children to read, said Laura McBride, another longtime friend and journalistic colleague. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 13 Oct. 2021 Teresa was an avid reader who had an appreciation for the arts, loved drawing, dancing at home, singing and was an active Girl Scout. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 An avid reader, Michelle can often be found here, curled up with a book. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 30 Sep. 2021 Olsen started following Spivey, an avid reader, for her book recommendations, and submitted her list on a whim. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2021 Angel remained an avid L.A. Times reader, as did his wife. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Amanda was also an avid photographer, taking pictures of friends and family, but also wildlife in and around Talladega National Forest. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 6 Oct. 2021 An avid and lifelong runner, Kapur signed up to serve on Guide Runners India’s executive committee. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'avid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Avid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avid. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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