anxious


anxious
anx|ious
W3S3 [ˈæŋkʃəs] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: anxius]
1.) worried about something
anxious about
He was a bit anxious about the safety of the machinery.
anxious for
We were anxious for you.
She gave me an anxious look.
anxious (that)
She was anxious that it might be cancer.
see usage notenervous
2.) an anxious time or situation is one in which you feel nervous or worried
We had an anxious couple of weeks waiting for the test results.
There was an anxious moment when the plane suddenly dropped.
3.) feeling strongly that you want to do something or want something to happen
= ↑keen anxious to do sth
The company is anxious to improve its image.
He seemed most anxious to speak to me alone.
The president is anxious not to have another crisis.
anxious for sb to do sth
Why was she so anxious for me to stay?
anxious for
We were all anxious for news.
anxious (that)
Both sides were anxious that the agreement should be signed as quickly as possible.
>anxiously adv
She waited anxiously by the phone

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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