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"anxious" in British English

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anxiousadjective

uk   /ˈæŋk.ʃəs/  us   /ˈæŋk.ʃəs/
  • anxious adjective (WORRIED)

B1 worried and nervous: My mother always gets a bit anxious if we don't arrive when we say we will. I saw my sister's anxious face at the window. The drought has made farmers anxious about the harvest.

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  • anxious adjective (EAGER)

B2 eager to do something: Developing countries that are anxious for hard currency can rarely afford to protect the environment. [+ to infinitive] I'm anxious to get home to open my presents. [+ that] I'm anxious that we get there on time because I don't think there'll be many seats left.

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anxiously
adverb uk   /ˈæŋk.ʃəs.li/  us   /ˈæŋk.ʃəs.li/
B2 We waited anxiously by the phone. Tomorrow the children will receive their anxiously (= eagerly) awaited presents.
(Definition of anxious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"anxious" in American English

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anxiousadjective

 us   /ˈæŋk·ʃəs/
wanting very much for something to happen; eager: [+ to infinitive] I’ve been anxious to meet you. [+ to infinitive] It was getting late, and I was anxious to get home.
anxiously
adverb  us   /ˈæŋ·ʃəs·li/
We waited anxiously by the phone.
(Definition of anxious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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