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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eagerness, avidity, avidness, keennessnoun

    a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something

  2. readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardnessnoun

    prompt willingness

    "readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"


  1. eagernessnoun

    The state or quality of being eager; ardent desire.

  2. eagernessnoun

    Tartness; sourness

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Eagernessnoun

    Etymology: from eager.

    She knew her distance, and did angle for me,
    Madding my eagerness with her restraint. William Shakespeare.

    Have you not seen, when whistled from the fist,
    Some falcon stoop’d at what her eye design’d,
    And, with her eagerness, the quarry miss’d. Dryden.

    The eagerness and strong bent of the mind after knowledge, if not warily regulated, is often an hindrance to it. John Locke.

    Detraction and obloquy are received with as much eagerness as wit and humour. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Juba lives to catch
    That dear embrace, and to return it too,
    With mutual warmth and eagerness of love. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    His continued application to publick affairs diverts him from those pleasures, which are pursued with eagerness by princes who have not the publick so much at heart. Addison.

    The things of this world, with whatever eagerness they engage our pursuit, leave us still empty and unsatisfied with their fruition. John Rogers, Sermons.

    It finds them in the eagerness and height of their devotion; they are speechless for the time that it continues, and prostrate and dead when it departs. Dryden.

    I’ll kill thee with such eagerness of haste,
    As fiends, let loose, would lay all nature waste. John Dryden, Aur.


  1. eagerness

    Eagerness is a strong desire, enthusiasm or passion to do or achieve something. It often implies a sense of excitement or readiness to execute a particular action or engage in an activity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eagernessnoun

    the state or quality of being eager; ardent desire

  2. Eagernessnoun

    tartness; sourness

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eagerness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eagerness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of eagerness in a Sentence

  1. George Eliot, Middlemarch:

    What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

  2. Keith Krach:

    As for China, its eagerness to boost Russia is the latest in a series of moves that reveal yet again that Beijing is an irresponsible actor.

  3. Amit Ray:

    The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.

  4. Ram Madhav:

    There is an earnest eagerness to connect with the Indian leadership, prime Minister Modi has chosen to come in his first year (of office) to China. It shows that the leaders on both sides are seriously attempting to ... bridge the most important challenge between the two countries - the trust deficit.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    I worry that this president, in his eagerness to strike a deal and get the acclaim and a photo op, will strike a quick one and a bad one, not a strong one, not a lasting one.

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