anxious

  • 1 anxious — Anxiety, ‘uneasiness or trouble of mind’ (first recorded in a work of c.1525 by Sir Thomas More) underlies the traditional meaning of anxious, and in the 20c the development of psychiatric concepts such as anxiety neurosis have strengthened the… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 Anxious — Anx ious ([a^][ng]k sh[u^]s), a. [L. anxius, fr. angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. a gchein to choke. See {Anger}.] 1. Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown; being in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 anxious — [aŋk′shəs, aŋ′shəs] adj. [L anxius < angere, to choke, give pain < IE base * angh : see ANGER] 1. having or showing anxiety; uneasy in mind; apprehensive; worried 2. causing or full of anxiety [an anxious hour] 3. eagerly wishing [anxious… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 anxious — [adj1] worried, tense afraid, aghast, antsy*, apprehensive, basket case*, bugged*, butterflies, careful, choked*, clutched*, concerned, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, dreading, fearful, fidgety, fretful, hacked*, hyper*, in a state*, in a… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 anxious — index eager, ready (willing), solicitous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 anxious — (adj.) 1620s, from L. anxius solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind (also causing anxiety, troublesome ), from angere, anguere choke, squeeze, figuratively torment, cause distress (see ANGER (Cf. anger) (v.)). The same image is in Serbo Croatian… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 anxious — 1 worried, concerned, solicitous, careful (see under CARE n) Analogous words: *fearful, apprehensive, afraid: uneasy, jittery, *impatient: perturbed, agitated, upset (see DISCOMPOSE) Antonyms: composed Contrasted words: *cool, unruffled,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 anxious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) experiencing worry or unease. 2) very eager and concerned to do something. DERIVATIVES anxiously adverb anxiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin anxius, from angere to choke …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 anxious — anx|ious W3S3 [ˈæŋkʃəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: anxius] 1.) worried about something anxious about ▪ He was a bit anxious about the safety of the machinery. anxious for ▪ We were anxious for you. ▪ She gave me an anxious look.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 anxious — adj. 1) anxious about (anxious about the world situation) 2) anxious for (we were anxious for them to meet you) 3) anxious to + inf. (she is anxious to help) 4) anxious that + clause; subj. (he was very anxious that we meet/should meet) * * * [… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 anxious */*/ — UK [ˈæŋkʃəs] / US adjective 1) worried because you think something bad might happen His silence made me anxious. an anxious glance anxious about: People are naturally anxious about these tests. 2) wanting something very much, especially when this …

    English dictionary

  • 12 anxious — anx|ious [ æŋkʃəs ] adjective ** 1. ) worried because you think something bad might happen: His silence made me anxious. an anxious glance anxious about: People are naturally anxious about these tests. 2. ) wanting something very much, especially …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 anxious — [[t]æ̱ŋkʃəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, ADJ to inf, ADJ that, ADJ prep If you are anxious to do something or anxious that something should happen, you very much want to do it or very much want it to happen. Both the Americans and the… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 anxious — adjective 1 very worried about something that may happen or may have happened so that you think about it all the time (+ about): Helen is anxious about travelling on her own. | Feeling scared, Joe? No, just a little anxious. | anxious… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 anxious — anxiously, adv. anxiousness, n. /angk sheuhs, ang /, adj. 1. full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health. 2. earnestly desirous; eager… …

    Universalium

  • 16 anxious — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become, get, grow ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 anxious — adjective 1) her fever has us all a little anxious Syn: worried, concerned, uneasy, apprehensive, fearful, perturbed, troubled, bothered, disturbed, distressed, disquieted, fretful, agitated, nervous, edgy, antsy, unquiet …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 anxious*/ — [ˈæŋkʃəs] adj 1) worried because you think that something bad might happen His silence made me anxious.[/ex] We had an anxious few moments while the results were coming through.[/ex] People are naturally anxious about these tests.[/ex] 2) wanting …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 anxious — /ˈæŋʃəs / (say angshuhs), /ˈæŋk / (say angk ) adjective 1. full of anxiety or solicitude; greatly troubled or solicitous: to be anxious about someone s safety. 2. earnestly desirous: anxious to please; anxious for your safety. 3. attended with or …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 anxious — adjective /ˈæŋˈʃəs/ a) Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, especially respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense; mdash;applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle. The sweet of… …

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