Definition of anxiety noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//æŋˈzaɪəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//æŋˈzaɪəti//
    (pl. anxieties) Nervous, Fear
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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 related entries: Nervous, Fear
  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
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius, from angere ‘to choke’.Extra examples A few anxieties surfaced during the meeting. A lot of anxiety surrounds the issue of human cloning. His face betrayed his anxiety. I keep having this anxiety dream where I’ve forgotten to do something important. Physical activity can help reduce anxiety and depression. She felt a nagging anxiety that could not be relieved. The aim is to reduce anxiety and help the patients relax. The more reports I study the more my anxiety grows. The mothers were able to share their anxieties with each other. There are anxieties over the effects of unemployment. They were encouraged to express their fears and anxieties. We seem to live in a state of free-floating anxiety that can attach itself to anything. anxiety at the deterioration of relations between the powers deep anxiety for the whole family her growing anxiety about her health patients suffering from an anxiety disorder skills to cope with anxiety the high level of anxiety created by entering a new environment A couple of photographers fell over themselves in their anxiety to get a shot of her. the candidate’s anxiety to win the vote the people’s anxiety for the war to end
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