Anxious 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things; as, anxious labor. [1913 Webster]

The sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please. [1913 Webster]

He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Note: Anxious is followed by for, about, concerning, etc., before the object of solicitude. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Solicitous; careful; uneasy; unquiet; restless; concerned; disturbed; watchful. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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