Definition of anxiety in English:


Line breaks: anx|iety
Pronunciation: /aŋˈzʌɪəti

noun (plural anxieties)

[mass noun]
  • 2 [with infinitive] Strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen: the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please
    More example sentences
    • Achievements since are the result of an anxiety to play it safe.
    • The only cementing force was greed and the anxiety to cling on to power.
    • Madame des Ursins confesses in her voluminous correspondence that she made herself a burden to the king in her anxiety to exclude him from all other influence.
    eagerness, keenness, desire, impatience, longing, yearning


early 16th century: from French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius (see anxious).

More definitions of anxiety

Definition of anxiety in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little