anxious /ˈaŋ(k)ʃəs/


I. adjective

1. feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome

she was extremely anxious about her exams
an anxious look.
2. [ attrib.] (of a situation or period of time) causing or characterized by worry or nervousness

there were some anxious moments.
3. very eager or concerned to do something or for something to happen

the company was anxious to avoid any trouble
[with clause]
my parents were anxious that I get an education.
II. derivatives

anxiousness /ˈaŋkʃəsnəs /

– origin early 17th cent.: from Latin anxius (from angere ‘to choke’) + -ous.

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