Adjective "anxious" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
  1. 'an anxious look'
  2. 'His anxious relatives are desperate for reassurance that he is safe.'
  3. 'There is actually another group of people who are much more anxious about the outcome than any of the above.'
  4. 'Now they are also edgy, anxious, fearful, often depressed and undeniably kinder.'
  5. 'Those who are sensitive, nervous and anxious, with a reserved nature, are prone.'
  6. 'He seemed distressed and anxious but refused an offer to speak to someone else.'
  7. 'Instead of getting ready for bed, she returned to the chair in which she had sat, anxious, waiting for her twin to wake up.'
  8. 'She is becoming nervous and anxious but there are still four people in front of her.'
  9. 'It's different in new company - I start to get anxious and worry what they are thinking.'
  10. 'How many times, when you hear of an approaching storm, do you get worried or anxious?'
  11. 'The small courtyard is also crowded with anxious relatives and concerned neighbours.'
  12. 'But I can also remember that situation as such an emotional and anxious time.'
  13. 'Then came an anxious wait for these times to be compared with the others before.'
  14. 'However her supporters had some anxious moments before they collected their winnings.'
  15. 'Today his family told the Daily Echo about their anxious wait for news.'
  16. 'They began stringing the ball about in a confident fashion not witnessed during the anxious moments late last year.'
  17. 'Householders faced an anxious wait to see if their homes would be flooded.'
  18. 'I would imagine his recovery process has been a long and anxious wait for them.'
  19. 'In fact they gave their true blue supporters who travelled some very anxious moments.'
  20. 'It has also been a very anxious day for those who are trying to stop that recall election.'
  21. 'We had a bit of an anxious moment while we looked for the area, only to happily discover it was just north of our turnoff to the east.'
Very eager or concerned to do something or for something to happen.
  1. with clause 'my parents were anxious that I get an education'
  2. 'I was anxious to do something with my son that was honest, that revealed both of us.'
  3. 'The council is anxious to avoid British government interference in the project as it could delay it further.'
  4. 'As children, when my brother Bob and I were anxious to avoid doing our homework, we'd fly round to her house.'
  5. 'She prefers independent travel and is anxious to avoid busy resorts fulls of couples and families.'
  6. 'Both are anxious to avoid a house price and consumer spending crash.'
  7. 'The Social Services are anxious that women in such situations should know that help is available.'
  8. 'What we are most anxious to avoid, however, is that that becomes a superstructure.'
  9. 'You can't look up anymore, only down at the ground, anxious to avoid a similar encounter.'
  10. 'The question is are we going to exhaust those options, we're not anxious to do that.'
  11. 'There was evidence that he was anxious to give up work because of concerns about his health.'

More definitions

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 (usually followed by an infinitive or for): anxious to please; anxious for our happiness.

3. attended with or showing solicitude or uneasiness: anxious forebodings.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be anxious for people."

"people can be anxious about people."

"people can be anxious about things."

"people can be anxious over growths."

"markets can be anxious about rates."

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Early 17th century: from Latin anxius (from angere ‘to choke’) + -ous.