Meaning of “eager” in the English Dictionary

"eager" in English

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uk /ˈiː.ɡər/ us /ˈiː.ɡɚ/

B2 wanting very much to do or have something, especially something interesting or enjoyable:

the children's eager faces
[ + to infinitive ] She sounded very eager to meet you.
They crowded around the spokesperson, eager for any news.

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adverb uk /ˈiː.ɡə.li/ us /ˈiː.ɡɚ.li/


noun [ U often + to infinitive ] uk /ˈiː.ɡə.nəs/ us /ˈiː.ɡɚ.nəs/


In their eagerness to (= wanting so much to) find a solution, they have overlooked certain difficulties.

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

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eageradjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈi·ɡər/

having or showing desire or interest:

Lots of eager volunteers responded to the appeal for help.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈi·ɡər·li/
noun [ U ] us /ˈi·ɡər·nəs/

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

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We are eager to find out!
Sadly, it also has to be said that lack of equipment is currently hampering the efforts of many citizens eager to help.
You are largely responsible for leading the rapprochement with those countries which are building hope for themselves and which are eager for the third millennium to bring genuine successes.
The victims are eager to see it.
I now look forward with eager anticipation to see how this turns out in practice and hope that the programme will be a good one.
Perhaps many of us would not be eager to class it as packaging waste that would then have to be recycled and used, for example, in our neighbour's toilet roll.
I have also been eager to obtain clear reports of the long-term antagonisms that exist in the region and the ever-present danger that these will evolve into armed conflicts.
Imagine if all those newcomers, positive, expectant and eager to make a contribution, got a reception which sought to benefit from the positive energy they bring with them.
They are eager to play, prepared to undergo a demanding training period, and full of fighting spirit and the desire to win.
However, for the poor, the landless, the workers in the sugar mills, there is no such eager anticipation, because they will not benefit.