anxious

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈæŋkʃəs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈæŋkʃəs, ˈæŋ-/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(angkshəs, ang-)


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anxious
‘anxious about’
If you are anxious about someone or something, you are worried about them.
I was quite anxious about George.
‘anxious to’
If you are anxious to do something, you want very much to do it.
We are very anxious to find out what really happened.
He seemed anxious to go.
Be careful
Don't say that someone is ‘anxious for doing’ something.
‘anxious for’
If you are anxious for something, you want to have it, or you want it to happen.
Many civil servants are anxious for promotion.
He was anxious for a deal, and we gave him the best we could.
‘anxious that’
If you are anxious that something happen, or anxious that something should happen, you want it to happen very much.
My parents were anxious that I go to college.
He is anxious that there should be no delay.
‘anxious’ and ‘nervous’
Don't confuse anxious with nervous. If you are nervous, you are rather frightened about something that you are going to do or experience.
I began to get nervous about crossing roads.
Both actors were very nervous on the day of the performance.
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