Meaning of “eager” in the English Dictionary

"eager" in British 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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  • I'm eager to see her after all this time.
  • Sam was eager to get home and play with his new toy.
  • Everyone crowded round, eager and excited.
  • I'm eager to see the results.
  • He was always a good boy, very friendly and eager to please.
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)

"eager" in American English

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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)