anxious Definition

feeling worried, nervous, or uneasy about something with an uncertain outcome.

Using anxious: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "anxious" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm anxious about the exam tomorrow.

  • Example

    She was anxious to see her family again.

  • Example

    He felt anxious and restless in the unfamiliar surroundings.

anxious Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with anxious

  • eagerly desiring or looking forward to something


    She was anxious for her vacation to start.

  • having a strong desire or wish to do something


    He was anxious to prove himself in his new job.

  • a mental health disorder characterized by excessive worry, fear, or nervousness


    She was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and started therapy.

Origins of anxious

from Latin 'anxius', meaning 'worried'


Summary: anxious in Brief

'Anxious' [ˈæŋkʃəs] describes a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. It is often used to describe feelings of anticipation or apprehension. Phrases like 'anxious for' and 'anxious to' denote eagerness or strong desire. 'Anxiety disorder' refers to a mental health condition characterized by excessive worry or fear. Synonyms include 'worried' and 'nervous,' while antonyms include 'calm' and 'relaxed.'

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