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"restless" in British English

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restlessadjective

uk   us   /ˈrest.ləs/
C1 unwilling or ​unable to ​stay still or to be ​quiet and ​calm, because you are ​worried or ​bored: He's a restless ​type - he never ​stays in one ​country for ​long. She ​spent a restless ​night (= she did not ​sleep well), ​tossing and ​turning.
restlessly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
She ​shifted restlessly in her ​chair.
restlessness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of restless from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"restless" in American English

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restlessadjective

 us   /ˈrest·ləs/
moving because you are ​unable to ​relax, esp. because you are ​worried or ​bored, or (of an ​activity) having a lot of ​movement as a ​characteristic: He ​dozed off to a restless ​sleep. The ​audiencebegan to get restless. Restless can also ​mean not ​satisfied with ​yoursituation and ​wanting a ​change: The ​oppositionpartiesprovide no ​clearalternative for restless ​voters.
restlessly
adverb  us   /ˈrest·ləs·li/
I ​wandered restlessly around the ​apartment.
restlessness
noun [U]  us   /ˈrest·ləs·nəs/
He ​paced back and ​forth out of ​sheer restlessness.
(Definition of restless from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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