Definition of anxiety in English:


Syllabification: anx·i·e·ty
Pronunciation: /aNGˈzīədē

noun (plural anxieties)

1A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome: he felt a surge of anxiety anxieties about the moral decline of today’s youth
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  • Our worries and anxieties evaporated in an instant, and within half an hour my wife, Jayne, was asking how we could buy one.
  • The worries and anxieties of his years at Vétheuil seemed a distant memory.
  • He appears to have resolved these anxieties by stressing the moral gulf between his characters and his own beliefs.
1.1 [with infinitive] Desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease: the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please
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  • 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
1.2 Psychiatry A nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.
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  • They do not seem to know that depression and anxiety can cause eating disorders.
  • As you learn to modify your compulsive behaviour, your anxiety levels should lessen.
  • However, the fact that she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks is less certain of being admitted.


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

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