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anxious

adjective uk   /ˈæŋk.ʃəs/ us  

anxious adjective (WORRIED)

B1 worried and nervous: My mother always gets a bit anxious if we don't arrive when we say we will. I saw my sister's anxious face at the window. The drought has made farmers anxious about the harvest.Anxious and worried

anxious adjective (EAGER)

B2 eager to do something: Developing countries that are anxious for hard currency can rarely afford to protect the environment. [+ to infinitive] I'm anxious to get home to open my presents. [+ that] I'm anxious that we get there on time because I don't think there'll be many seats left.Excited, interested and enthusiastic
anxiously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B2 We waited anxiously by the phone. Tomorrow the children will receive their anxiously (= eagerly) awaited presents.Anxious and worriedExcited, interested and enthusiastic
(Definition of anxious from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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