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English definition of “anxious”

anxious

adjective     /ˈæŋkʃəs/
WORRIED B1 worried and nervous : She's very anxious about her exams . I saw his anxious face at the window .Anxious and worried
WANTING B2 wanting to do something or wanting something to happen : [+ to do sth] He's anxious to get home . [+ that] I was anxious that no one else should know .Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
anxiously adverb B2 We waited anxiously by the phone .
(Definition of anxious adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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