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adjective     nervous pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    feeling excited and worried, or slightly afraid

    Driving on mountain roads always makes me nervous.

    get nervous:

    I got very nervous waiting for my turn to be called.

    nervous about:

    She was nervous about walking home so late.

    nervous of:

    He’s always been a little nervous of change.

    1. a.
      showing that someone is feeling nervous

      Callum gave a slightly nervous laugh.

  2. 2
    a nervous person becomes easily excited and reacts quickly to things in a way that shows they are not relaxed

    a nervous, fidgety young man

  3. 3
    relating to the system of nerves in your body

    a nervous complaint

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    nervous for the same as nervous about

    I'm so nervous for Thursday's exam!

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 12/05/2015

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noun [uncountable]
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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