Definition of “anxiety” - English Dictionary

“anxiety” in British English

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anxietynoun

uk /æŋˈzaɪ.ə.ti/ us /æŋˈzaɪ.ə.t̬i/

anxiety noun (WORRY)

B2 [ U ] an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future:

Children normally feel a lot of anxiety about their first day at school.
That explains his anxiety over his health.
Her son is a source of considerable anxiety.

[ C ] something that causes a feeling of fear and worry:

job anxieties

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anxiety noun (MEDICAL CONDITION)

[ U ] a medical condition in which you always feel frightened and worried:

He has helped patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
an anxiety disorder/attack

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

“anxiety” in American English

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anxietynoun [ C/U ]

us /æŋˈzɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/

an uncomfortable feeling of worry about something that is happening or might happen, or a cause of this:

[ U ] For many children, every new school year causes anxiety.
[ C ] Don’t you have any fears or anxieties about middle age?

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