eagerness

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ea•ger /ˈigɚ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. having or showing strong desire or interest;
    longing impatiently:He is an eager student.[be + ~ + for]He is eager for success.[be + ~ + to + verb]He is eager to try it.
ea•ger•ly, adv. : We eagerly awaited their arrival.
ea•ger•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ea•ger1  gər),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. keen or ardent in desire or feeling;
    impatiently longing:I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.
  2. characterized by or revealing great earnestness:an eager look.
  3. [Obs.]keen;
    sharp;
    biting.
eager•ly, adv. 
eager•ness, n. 
  • Vulgar Latin *ācrus for Latin ācer sharp
  • Anglo-French, Old French egre, aigre
  • Middle English egre 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged enthusiastic, desirous. See  avid. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fervent, zealous, fervid, intent, intense, earnest.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged indifferent, uninterested.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged heedless.

ea•ger2  gər, āgər),USA pronunciation n. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. Oceanography, British Termseagre.

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