- 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.
- Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying;—applied to things; as, anxious labor.
Etymology: Latin anxius, from angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a`gchein to choke. See Anger.
- The sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares. --Milton.
- 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.
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