anxiousadjectiveuk /ˈæŋk.ʃəs/ us /ˈæŋk.ʃəs/
anxious adjective (WORRIED)
- There was nothing in his demeanour that suggested he was anxious.
- Knots of anxious people stood waiting in the hall.
- I've never seen her worried or anxious in any way - she's so laid-back.
- It's natural that you should feel anxious when you first leave home.
- As the date of his operation drew near, he became more and more anxious.
anxious adjective (EAGER)
- She eased the key into the lock, anxious not to wake anyone.
- The mayor and the city council are anxious to avoid getting entangled in the controversy.
- The universities are anxious to preserve their autonomy from central government.
- I'm anxious to avoid the motorway at rush hour.
- We left early, anxious to make it back to Florence before sundown.