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adjective anxious pronunciation in American English /ˈæŋkʃəs/
  1. 1
    worried because you think something bad might happen

    His silence made me anxious.

    an anxious glance

    anxious about:

    People are naturally anxious about these tests.

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  2. 2
    wanting something very much, especially when this makes you nervous, excited, or impatient
    anxious to do something:

    We're anxious to hear from anyone who can help.

    anxious for:

    We were all anxious for peace.

  3. 3
    an anxious time or situation is one in which you worry about something

    We had an anxious time waiting for the results of the X-rays.

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