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noun anxiety pronunciation in British English /æŋˈzaɪəti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a worried feeling you have because you think something bad might happen

    Too much caffeine can cause anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

    anxiety about/over:

    There was increasing anxiety over the outcome of the talks.

    1. a.
      a nervous or impatient feeling that you have because you want to do something very much or want it to happen very much
      anxiety to do something:

      their anxiety to do better than their competitors

  2. 2
    [countable] something that you are worried about

    We try not to communicate our anxieties to the children.


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