When you are anxious, you are very concerned or worried, but it can also refer to when you are quite interested in something. You might be anxious to improve your performance in math class after falling asleep during a big test.

The word anxious has generally been used to describe when someone is very concerned about something. In medical terms, to be anxious means feeling uneasy and worried but not always with a specific focus. On the other hand, being anxious can also mean that you are very eager. One meaning is negative and the other is positive!

Definitions of anxious
  1. adjective
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
    “spent an anxious night waiting for the test results”
    “cast anxious glances behind her”
    synonyms: nervous, queasy, uneasy, unquiet
    characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
  2. adjective
    eagerly desirous
    anxious to see the new show at the museum”
    synonyms: dying
    agog, eager, keen
    having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy
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