Definition of avid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈavɪd/


1Having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something: an avid reader of science fiction
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  • She looked at me with avid interest, with those eyes so much like mine.
  • She was used to befriending her students and taking an avid interest in their lives.
  • Most of them read cookery books with as much avid interest as articles about dieting.
keen, eager, enthusiastic, ardent, passionate, devoted, dedicated, fervent, fervid, zealous, fanatical, voracious, insatiable;
wholehearted, earnest
British informal as keen as mustard
1.1 (avid for) Having an eager desire for: she was avid for information about the murder inquiry
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  • 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.


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

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