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avid

Syllabification: av·id
Pronunciation: /ˈavəd
 
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Definition of avid in English:

adjective

1Having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something: an avid reader of science fiction she took an avid interest in the project
More example sentences
  • She looked at me with avid interest, with those eyes so much like mine.
  • She was used to befriending her students and taking and avid interest in their lives.
  • Most of them read cookery books with as much avid interest as articles about dieting.
Synonyms
keen, eager, enthusiastic, ardent, passionate, zealous, hard-core;
devoted, dedicated, wholehearted, earnest
1.1 (avid for) Having an eager desire for something: she was avid for information about the murder inquiry
More example sentences
  • Many of the friendly people they met in Ballina, NSW, showed a great interest in the Irish sister town, after which it is named, and were avid for information about Ballina, Co. Mayo.
  • He published this clarification in the Architectural Record for American art lovers, who were avid for information about what was happening in the Old World.
  • Here, Labour and the Conservatives - lacking the activist enthusiasm that sustained them for most of the last century - are avid for the costly substitute of electronic technology.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French avide or Latin avidus, from avere 'crave'.

Derivatives

avidly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • I read Watership Down avidly when I was ten; it was a cracking story.
  • Ever since then, I read the sports pages avidly, surreptitiously cutting out news stories about you.
  • All the above figures could be detailed on a weekly basis in the Gazette and would make a fascinating weekly feature which I would avidly read.

Words that rhyme with avid

unenvied • David

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