What does anxiety mean?

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æŋˈzaɪ ɪ tianx·i·ety

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  1. anxietynoun

    An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event.

    Etymology: From anxietatem, from anxius, from ango.

  2. anxietynoun

    An uneasy or distressing desire (for something).

    I was anxious to get into the office before Henderson called from New York.

    Etymology: From anxietatem, from anxius, from ango.

  3. anxietynoun

    A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach.

    Etymology: From anxietatem, from anxius, from ango.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anxiety, anxiousnessnoun

    (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic

  2. anxietynoun

    a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anxietynoun

    concern or solicitude respecting some thing or event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness

  2. Anxietynoun

    eager desire

  3. Anxietynoun

    a state of restlessness and agitation, often with general indisposition and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium


  1. Anxiety

    Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil and apprehension, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over something unlikely to happen, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is feeling unrealistic fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused. It is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, and muscular tension. Anxiety is not considered to be a normal reaction to a perceived stressor although many feel it occasionally. When anxiety becomes overwhelming and distressing to the sufferer, it may fall under the psychiatric diagnosis of anxiety disorder. Anxiety is not the same as fear. Fear is evoked by a realistic danger and is an appropriate response to a perceived threat, while anxiety is worry or overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Anxiety

    Feeling or emotion of dread, apprehension, and impending disaster but not disabling as with ANXIETY DISORDERS.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxiety' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3645

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxiety' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4210

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxiety' in Nouns Frequency: #1344

How to pronounce anxiety?

  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anxiety in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anxiety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of anxiety in a Sentence

  1. Maryam Kamalmaz:

    My dad noticed this other detainees anxiety; he went over and started comforting him and sharing what little food he had with him. This man told us he could never forget our father his compassion and the way he cared.

  2. Allan Young:

    So while this systematic review of the research literature supports the notion that pre and probiotics may be helpful for people with anxiety and depression, more research is needed. These data do make a case for larger trials to be carried out.

  3. Scott Kahan:

    No other method of tracking weight loss is 100 percent equivalent to weighing yourself. In a lot of cases, just working through the scale anxiety with a professional helps to get past that, so you can use it in a productive way.

  4. Simon Cvijanovic:

    They made him step on the scale three to five times a day, every time he walked by, coach would make him step up on the scale, and Peter would hang his head and get up on the scale. We were both throwing up in the morning from anxiety -- me from my knee and him because of the weight issue.

  5. Karen Cassiday:

    That's what can make it so compelling to stay indoors or cover yourself up completely. When you're having anxiety, it's out of proportion to the situation.

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    pose a threat to; present a danger to
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