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Alternative forms 
Old French *anxios, Latin anxius, from angō (“to cause pain, choke”); akin to Ancient Greek ἄγχειν ('a`gchein, “to choke”). See anger.
anxious (comparative anxiouser or more anxious, superlative anxiousest or most anxious)
- Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, especially respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense;—applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.
- I could tell she was anxious as she was biting her nails.
- 2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, BBC Sport:
- But, with United fans in celebratory mood as it appeared their team might snatch glory, they faced an anxious wait as City equalised in stoppage time.
- Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying;—applied to things; as, anxious labor.
- The sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares. -- John Milton.
- Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.
- He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- All the voters were anxious to hear the election result.
Usage notes 
- Anxious is followed by for, about, concerning, etc., before the object of solicitude.
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