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"anxiety" in British English

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anxietynoun

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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  • anxiety noun (MEDICAL CONDITION)

[U] a medical condition in which you always feel frightened and worried: He has helped patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. an anxiety disorder/attack
(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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