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Meaning of ANXIOUS

Pronunciation:  'angkshus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc; worried; "anxious parents"; "anxious about her job"; "not used to a city and anxious about small things"; "felt apprehensive about the consequences"
  2. [adj]  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"

ANXIOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: apprehensive, nervous, troubled, uneasy, unquiet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Anx"ious\ ([a^][ng]k"sh[u^]s), a. [L. anxius, fr.
angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a`gchein to choke.
See {Anger}.]
1. 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. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; --
   applied to things; as, anxious labor.

         The sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far
         off all anxious cares.                --Milton.

3. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.

         He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve
         and at those who are eager for reform. --Macaulay.

Note: Anxious is followed by for, about, concerning, etc.,
      before the object of solicitude.

Syn: Solicitous; careful; uneasy; unquiet; restless;
     concerned; disturbed; watchful.

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