Meaning of “anxiety” in the English Dictionary

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uk /æŋˈzaɪ.ə.ti/ us /æŋˈzaɪ.ə.t̬i/

anxiety noun (WORRY)

B2 [ U ] an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future:

Children normally feel a lot of anxiety about their first day at school.
That explains his anxiety over his health.
Her son is a source of considerable anxiety.

[ C ] something that causes a feeling of fear and worry:

job anxieties

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(Definition of “anxiety” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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anxietynoun [ C/U ]

us /æŋˈzɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/

an uncomfortable feeling of worry about something that is happening or might happen, or a cause of this:

[ U ] For many children, every new school year causes anxiety.
[ C ] Don’t you have any fears or anxieties about middle age?

(Definition of “anxiety” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Let me stress again that this is an issue which has aroused considerable public anxiety and that anxiety must be addressed.
Even though a number of basically positive signs can therefore be seen, a number of points should be noted that cause us to feel a certain anxiety.
Failure to comply with current labour law will lead to unwanted situations and this concern has caused anxiety among the public.
I remember the anxiety engendered by the knowledge that the land and sky were closed off, that the soldiers of the army of occupation were protecting the iron curtain.
Research shows that providing resources for schools for our young students can improve child development and reduce bullying, anxiety and depressive symptoms.
In my opinion that is an important part of the legislation which will assuage the concerns of those who are expressing anxiety about it.
I would like to express my anxiety and unease concerning the application of this programme by drawing attention to the need to avoid its being applied in a routine fashion.
The increasing and justified existential anxiety of the majority in society constitutes a fertile soil for hatred of minorities, for a discriminatory, exclusionary stance and for scapegoating.
There is a clear anxiety and determination to find a solution - not to hide behind smoke-screens but to find a solution.
Inertia would only be born of anxiety and we are doing everything we can in terms of support and training to diminish the possibility of that occurring.

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