anxious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj anxious eagerly desirous "anxious to see the new show at the museum","dying to hear who won"
    • adj anxious 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anxious 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."
    • Anxious Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please. "He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform."
    • Anxious 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • anxious Full of anxiety or solicitude; greatly troubled or solicitous, especially about something future or unknown; being in painful suspense: applied to persons.
    • anxious Attended with, proceeding from, or manifesting solicitude or uneasiness: applied to things: as, anxious forebodings; anxious labor.
    • anxious Earnestly desirous or solicitous: as, anxious to please; anxious to do right. Anxious is followed by for or about before the object of solicitude. The former is generally used when the thing is something desired to happen or be done; the latter of a person, creature, or situation: as, anxious for his release; anxious about his health or about him. Synonyms Careful, uneasy, unquiet, restless, troubled, disturbed, apprehensive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Anxious angk′shus uneasy regarding something doubtful: solicitous
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Love is full of anxious fears.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Try to become the kind of person that people are anxious to see you as, and after you leave, they will have a lot of thinking to do.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. anxius, fr. angere, to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a`gchein to choke. See Anger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. anxiusang-ĕre, to press tightly. See Anger, Anguish.

Usage

In literature:

They were officiously anxious to please "Your Highness," as they christened me.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
He took the glass eagerly from the lad's hand and anxiously studied the sky in the direction indicated.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
I was anxious, however, to try my utmost, but it is impossible to retrieve lost time.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
An hour more passed by in anxious suspense; death, in its most ferocious aspect, threatening all on board.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
He went in depressed and tired, his friends watching anxiously for the result.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In other words, I was always anxious to have him go into speculation.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Quite the reverse, I was small and thin and I must have worn a very anxious look.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
She was particularly anxious that he be patient until satisfaction had been done him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Don Pablo was anxious to be gone, as he knew he was not beyond the reach of pursuit.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He was extremely anxious to learn the reason for the policeman's coming.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
I'm getting anxious about him; the trouble is preying on his mind.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
That letter was very anxiously expected at the vicarage of Hurst Staple.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Charley was a skinny, anxious-looking little man, withered and blackened as last year's leaves, ugly as a spider.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Falcon, as though anxious to resume its journey, sped along the lane into the open road.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
You have been anxious about this, Hetty?
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
That thought held me anxious and filled me with fear.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
But he was most anxious to proceed north and place himself at the head of his troops to whom he owed so much.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
Seth watched her a little anxiously.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Indeed, both William and his son George seemed ready to work their arms off for me, and were both anxious to serve me night and day.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
He hurried along like a man feverishly anxious to make use of his last stint of strength.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In poetry:

Anxious voices, old and weak,
Calling Wanda,
Blind they know not where to seek,
Wanda.
"Voices Calling" by R S Ward
No longer anxious thoughts,
No longer hopes and fears,
No strife, no effort, no desire,
No tears.
"Midnight" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Though doom'd through many a night
Of anxious care to roam,
It all is fair to me,
For I am going home.
"Moonlight" by Caroline Fry
Dost jeer the sweet domestic wren,
The anxious starling, too ?
I doubt you chaff the homely hen,
Cuckoo !
"To an Old Friend" by John Joy Bell
One instant in close speech
With them he doth confer:
God-sped, he hasteneth on,
That anxious traveller….
"The Three Strangers" by Walter de la Mare
'Tis a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought;
Do I love the Lord, or no?
Am I his, or am I not?
"Lovest Thou Me?" by John Newton

In news:

After watching Trent Blank and Kolt Browder throw seven no-hit innings, Baylor closer Joey Hainsfurther was anxious to finish the job.
Many Adele fans are anxiously awaiting news that she'll reschedule her cancelled 2011 Tour Dates, and hopefully getting back into the recording studio.
State voters overwhelmingly support a raise in the minimum wage but aren't so anxious to see lawmakers get a pay boost, a new poll found.
The school year has come to an end and children are anxious to enjoy some summer fun.
Canoeists and kayakers anxious to hit newly-thawed rivers and lakes across the southern part of the state should consider the potential danger of cold waters, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
My fiancé and I are recently engaged and are anxious as we plan our fall 2013 wedding.
A stressed mum means a higher risk of an anxious teenage girl - research.
That's right, zero, which is about the same amount of confidence the president is inspiring in an increasingly anxious and unhappy citizenry.
) the independent ones, not only continue to rely on their big and small wholesalers and distributors, but also are anxious to partner with them more than ever.
Anxious neighbors met last week at The General Theological Seminary in Chelsea to hear alternatives for the restoration and redevelopment of the landmarked complex of 19th-century buildings in the square block between 20th and 21st Sts.
These should be anxious times for the House of Windsor.
After a series of malfunctions, slow response time to accidents, and allegations of corruption, many South Koreans are anxious about industrial accidents, in part because of the lack of trust in public officials.
"He was taking Xanax to keep him calm and pain medication but he was terribly frightened and anxious about the upcoming surgery," said a source close to Mays.
With darting eyes and a conspiratorial whisper, an anxious Burmese merchant agreed to lead a prospective customer to the source of this newly illicit drug.
She is anxiously waiting for her forever home now that her six babies are old enough for homes of their own.
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In science:

Here we firstly consider the classical cases instead of being anxious to verify this theorem.
The Level Densities of Random Matrix Unitary Ensembles and their Perturbation Invariability
It is also generally rejected in the presence of interactions for this nonlocality, so perhaps we need not become anxious thinking of this operator.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
Its value is slightly diminished by the fact that the author is too anxious to present his own results, even in the cases when the results of other authors are more advanced.
Anderson transition: numerical vs analytical results (comment on the review article by P.Markos cond-mat/0609580)
New measurements in this very large cell with Al plates, which together with the Cu-plate data will yield better values of a and b, are anxiously awaited.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
The reader may be anxious about a large uncertainty of this approximation.
The origin of dust in galaxies revisited: the mechanism determining dust content
We anxiously look forward to future progress in this field.
A Status Report on Chiral Dynamics: Theory and Experiment
Chebyshov1 and Steklov, Lyapunov was constantly rather anxious studying new and amazing but not fully rigorously justified ideas and methods by Poincar´e.
On regularity of a boundary point for higher-order parabolic equations: towards Petrovskii-type criterion by blow-up approach
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