Meaning of anxiety

anx•i•e•ty

Pronunciation: (ang-zī'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.
  2. earnest but tense desire; eagerness: He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.
  3. a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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