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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.
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.
2. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; --
applied to things; as, anxious labor.
The sweet of life, from which
God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares.
3. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.
He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve
and at those who are eager for reform. --Macaulay.
Note: Anxious is followed by for, about, concerning, etc.,
before the object of solicitude.
Syn: Solicitous; careful; uneasy; unquiet; restless;
concerned; disturbed; watchful.
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