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Definition of "anxiety" []

  • A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties. (noun)
  • A cause of anxiety: For some people, air travel is a real anxiety. (noun)
  • Psychiatry A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning. (noun)
  • Eager, often agitated desire: my anxiety to make a good impression. (noun)
  • A state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible future misfortune, danger, etc; worry (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Intense desire; eagerness (noun)
  • A state of intense apprehension or worry often accompanied by physical symptoms such as shaking, intense feelings in the gut, etc, common in mental illness or after a very distressing experience (noun)

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Use "anxiety" in a sentence
  • "In the case of emotionally induced stress, the term anxiety will serve just as well."
  • "In the foregoing definitions, I have used the term anxiety more or less interchangeably with the term stress."
  • "The joy, obviously, outweighs the anxiety – by volumes it outweighs the anxiety – but the anxiety is always, always there, lurking in the dark corners and bursting into the light when I least expect it, casting shadows, imposing a chill."