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Definitions for anxious
ˈæŋk ʃəs, ˈæŋ-anx·ious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anxious(p), dying(p)adjective

    eagerly desirous

    "anxious to see the new show at the museum"; "dying to hear who won"

  2. anxious, nervous, queasy, uneasy, unquietadjective

    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

    "spent an anxious night waiting for the test results"; "cast anxious glances behind her"; "those nervous moments before takeoff"; "an unquiet mind"


  1. anxiousadjective

    Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, especially respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense;applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.

  2. anxiousadjective

    Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying;applied to things; as, anxious labor.

  3. anxiousadjective

    Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.

  4. Etymology: anxius, from ango; akin to ἄγχειν. See anger.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANXIOUSadjective

    Etymology: anxius, Lat.

    His pensive cheek upon his hand reclin’d,
    And anxious thoughts revolving in his mind. Dryden.

    With beating hearts the dire event they wait,
    Anxious, and trembling for the birth of fate. Alexander Pope.

    In youth alone, unhappy mortals live;
    But ah! the mighty bliss is fugitive;
    Discolour’d sickness, anxious labour come,
    And age, and death’s inexorable doom. John Dryden, Virgil.

    There being no writings we need to be solicitous about the meaning of, but those that contain truths we are to believe, or laws we are to obey, we may be less anxious about the sense of other authours. John Locke.

    Who anxious of neglect, suspecting change,
    Consults her pride, and meditates revenge. George Granville.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anxiousadjective

    full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle

  2. Anxiousadjective

    accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things; as, anxious labor

  3. Anxiousadjective

    earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anxious

    angk′shus, adj. uneasy regarding something doubtful: solicitous.—n. Anxī′ety, state of being anxious—adv. An′xiously.—n. An′xiousness. [L. anxiusang-ĕre, to press tightly. See Anger, Anguish.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxious' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3174

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxious' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4380

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxious' in Adjectives Frequency: #429

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anxious in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anxious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of anxious in a Sentence

  1. Todd Arnedt:

    When we get anxious, that turns on what's called the sympathetic nervous system, the nervous system that gets us anxious and prepares our body to fight or flight, our heart beats faster ; our breathing speeds up.

  2. Helen Keller:

    Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. 'Light Give me light' was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.

  3. Republican Daron Shaw:

    Although Americans remain concerned about possible attacks by Islamic terrorists, the percentage indicating they are anxious has declined over the years, it will be interesting to see if the loss of Afghanistan to the Taliban rekindles concerns among voters whose focus had shifted.

  4. Joseph Klipple/Getty Images:

    So, for every one of us, we may have a different reason why we feel low, depressed, anxious… a lot of these things, if you really are unhappy, we do need to be able to tender ourselves and go to a doctor. Don’t be embarrassed. Mental health is real… we never [should] be ashamed to say, ‘I’m feeling sad.’.

  5. The FDA:

    We recognize parents are anxious to have their young children vaccinated against COVID-19, and while the FDA cannot predict how long its evaluation of the data and information will take, we will review any EUA request we receive as quickly as possible using a science-based approach.

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    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
    • A. observe
    • B. interrogate
    • C. disturb
    • D. accompany

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