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Definition of uneasy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    uneasy

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    NAmE//ʌnˈizi//
     
     
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  1. 1feeling worried or unhappy about a particular situation, especially because you think that something bad or unpleasant may happen or because you are not sure that what you are doing is right synonym anxious an uneasy laugh His presence made her feel uneasy. She had an uneasy feeling that something terrible was going to happen. uneasy about something He was beginning to feel distinctly uneasy about their visit. uneasy about doing something She felt uneasy about leaving the children with them. Thesaurusworriedconcerned nervous anxious uneasyThese words all describe feeling unhappy and afraid because you are thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or might have happened.worried thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or might have happened and therefore feeling unhappy and afraidconcerned worried and feeling concern about somethingworried or concerned?Concerned is usually used when you are talking about a problem that affects another person, society, the world, etc., while worried can be used for this or for more personal matters.nervous feeling worried about something or slightly afraid of somethinganxious feeling worried or nervous about somethingworried, nervous, or anxious?Worried is the most frequent word to describe how you feel when you are thinking about a problem or something bad that might happen. Anxious can describe a stronger feeling and is more formal. Nervous is more often used to describe how you feel before you do something very important such as an exam or an interview, or something unpleasant or difficult. Nervous can describe someone's personality:a very nervous manis often or usually nervous;a worried manis worried on a particular occasion or about a particular thing. Worried describes his feelings, not his personality. Anxious may describe feelings or personality.uneasy feeling worried or unhappy about a particular situation, especially because you think something bad may happen or because you are not sure that what you are doing is rightPatterns worried/concerned/nervous/anxious/uneasy about (doing) something worried/concerned/anxious for somebody/something worried/concerned/nervous/anxious that… a(n) worried/concerned/nervous/anxious/uneasy expression/look/smile to get worried/nervous/anxious
  2. 2not certain to last; not safe or settled an uneasy peace The two sides eventually reached an uneasy compromise.
  3. 3that does not enable you to relax or feel comfortable She woke from an uneasy sleep to find the house empty. They passed an uneasy night waiting for news from the hospital.
  4. 4 used to describe a mixture of two things, feelings, etc. that do not go well together an uneasy mix of humor and violence Old farmhouses and new condos stood together in uneasy proximity.
NAmE//ʌnˈizəli//
 
adverb I wondered uneasily what he was thinking. She shifted uneasily in her chair. His socialist views sit uneasily with his huge fortune.
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