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Definition of anxiety noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. anxieties)
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  1. 1[uncountable] anxiety (about/over something) the state of feeling nervous or worried that something bad is going to happen acute/intense/deep anxiety Some hospital patients experience high levels of anxiety. Waiting for exam results is a time of great anxiety. see also separation anxiety
  2. 2[countable] a worry or fear about something If you're worried about your health, share your anxieties with your doctor.
  3. 3[uncountable] a strong feeling of wanting to do something or of wanting something to happen anxiety to do something the candidate's anxiety to win the vote anxiety for something the people's anxiety for the war to end
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