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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  anxious 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {apprehensive}] 
  2:  (colloquial)  eagerly  desirous;  "anxious  to  see  the  new  show 
  at  the  museum";  "dying  to  hear  who  won"  [syn:  {anxious(p)}, 
  {dying(p)}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {nervous},  {uneasy},  {unquiet}] 




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