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Meaning of “anxiety” in the English Dictionary

"anxiety" in British English

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anxietynoun

uk   /æŋˈzaɪ.ə.ti/  us   /-t̬i/
  • anxiety noun (WORRY)

B2 [U] an ​uncomfortablefeeling of ​nervousness or ​worry about something that is ​happening or might ​happen in the ​future: Children ​normallyfeel a lot of anxiety abouttheir 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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  • anxiety noun (EAGERNESS)

[U + to infinitive] eagerness to do something: Peter's ​leaving at the end of this ​week - ​hence his anxiety to get his ​workfinished.

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  • anxiety noun (MEDICAL CONDITION)

[U] a ​medicalcondition in which you always ​feelfrightened and ​worried: He has ​helpedpatientssuffering from anxiety, ​depression, and ​eatingdisorders. an anxiety ​disorder/attack
(Definition of anxiety from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"anxiety" in American English

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anxietynoun [C/U]

 us   /æŋˈzɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/
an ​uncomfortablefeeling of ​worry about something that is ​happening or might ​happen, or a ​cause of this: [U] For many ​children, every new ​schoolyearcauses anxiety. [C] Don’t you have any ​fears or anxieties about ​middleage?
(Definition of anxiety from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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