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"eager" in British English

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eageradjective

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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eagerly
adverb uk   /ˈiː.ɡə.li/ us   /ˈiː.ɡɚ.li/
B2 an eagerly awaited announcement
eagerness
noun [U often + to infinitive] uk   /ˈiː.ɡə.nəs/ us   /ˈiː.ɡɚ.nəs/
B2 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.
eagerly
adverb [not gradable] us   /ˈi·ɡər·li/
eagerness
noun [U] us   /ˈi·ɡər·nəs/
(Definition of eager from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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