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 for Anxious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Anxious \Anx"ious\ ([a^][ng]k"sh[u^]s), a. [L. anxius, fr.
     angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Gr. 'a`gchein to choke.
     See Anger.]
     1. Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or
        solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown;
        being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons; as,
        anxious for the issue of a battle.
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     2. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; --
        applied to things; as, anxious labor.
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              The sweet of life, from which
              God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares.
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     3. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.
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              He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve
              and at those who are eager for reform. --Macaulay.
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     Note: Anxious is followed by for, about, concerning, etc.,
           before the object of solicitude.
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     Syn: Solicitous; careful; uneasy; unquiet; restless;
          concerned; disturbed; watchful.
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