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English definition of “eager”


adjective     /ˈiː.ɡər/ US  /-ɡɚ/
B2 wanting very much to do or have something, especially something interesting or enjoyable: the children's eager faces [+ to infinitive] She sounded very eager to meet you. They crowded round the spokesperson, eager for any news.Ready and willingUnwilling and reluctantExcited, interested and enthusiastic eagerly     /-li/ adverb B2 an eagerly awaited announcementExcited, interested and enthusiasticReady and willingUnwilling and reluctant eagerness     /-nəs/ noun [U often + to infinitive] B2 In their eagerness to (= wanting so much to) find a solution, they have overlooked certain difficulties.Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm
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