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anxious
American English: /ˈæŋ(k)ʃəs/
British English: /ˈaŋ(k)ʃəs/

Translation of anxious in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 (worried) to be anxious about/for somethingI'm rather anxious about her health
    su salud me tiene algo preocupada
    estoy algo preocupada por su salud
    I was anxious for their safety when I heard the news
    cuando oí la noticia me preocupé or inquieté por ellos
    Example sentences
    • There is actually another group of people who are much more anxious about the outcome than any of the above.
    • Now they are also edgy, anxious, fearful, often depressed and undeniably kinder.
    • His anxious relatives are desperate for reassurance that he is safe.
  • 2 (worrying)
    (time/moment)
    (lleno) de preocupación
    Example sentences
    • We had a bit of an anxious moment while we looked for the area, only to happily discover it was just north of our turnoff to the east.
    • However her supporters had some anxious moments before they collected their winnings.
    • They began stringing the ball about in a confident fashion not witnessed during the anxious moments late last year.
  • 3 (eager) to be anxious to + infinitivehe's very anxious to please
    tiene mucho afán de agradar
    anxious to please, he offered to cook dinner
    deseoso de agradar, se ofreció a hacer la cena
    my parents are anxious to meet you
    mis padres están deseando conocerte or están ansiosos por conocerte
    to be anxious thatwe are anxious that there should be no delay
    no queremos por nada del mundo que haya ningún retraso
    Example sentences
    • You can't look up anymore, only down at the ground, anxious to avoid a similar encounter.
    • Both are anxious to avoid a house price and consumer spending crash.
    • As children, when my brother Bob and I were anxious to avoid doing our homework, we'd fly round to her house.

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