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anxious

[ angk-shuhs, ang- ]
/ ˈæŋk ʃəs, ˈæŋ- /
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adjective

full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health.
earnestly desirous; eager (usually followed by an infinitive or for): anxious to please; anxious for our happiness.
attended with or showing solicitude or uneasiness: anxious forebodings.

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Origin of anxious

1615–25; <Latin anxius worried, distressed, derivative of angere to strangle, pain, distress; cf. anguish, -ous
The earliest sense of anxious (in the 17th century) was “troubled” or “worried”: We are still anxious for the safety of our dear sons in battle. Its meaning “earnestly desirous, eager” arose in the mid-18th century: We are anxious to see our new grandson. Some insist that anxious must always convey a sense of distress or worry and object to its use in the sense of “eager,” but such use is fully standard.
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British Dictionary definitions for anxious

anxious
/ (ˈæŋkʃəs, ˈæŋʃəs) /

adjective

worried and tense because of possible misfortune, danger, etc; uneasy
fraught with or causing anxiety; worrying; distressingan anxious time
intensely desirous; eageranxious for promotion
anxiously, adverbanxiousness, noun
C17: from Latin anxius; related to Latin angere to torment; see anger, anguish
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