[ ang-zahy-i-tee ]
/ æŋˈzaɪ ɪ ti /

noun, plural anx·i·e·ties.

distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.
earnest but tense desire; eagerness: He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.
Psychiatry. a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.

Origin of anxiety

1515–25; < Latin anxietās, equivalent to anxi(us) anxious + -etās, variant of -itās before a vowel

synonym study for anxiety

1. See apprehension.

Example sentences from the Web for anxiety

British Dictionary definitions for anxiety

/ (æŋˈzaɪɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible future misfortune, danger, etc; worry
intense desire; eagerness
psychol 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 See also angst

Word Origin for anxiety

C16: from Latin anxietas; see anxious

Medical definitions for anxiety

[ ăng-zīĭ-tē ]


A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
A cause of anxiety.
A state of intense apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation, often to a degree that normal physical and psychological functioning is disrupted.

Scientific definitions for anxiety

[ ăng-zīĭ-tē ]

A state of apprehension and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation.♦ In psychiatry, a patient has an anxiety disorder ♦ if normal psychological functioning is disrupted or if anxiety persists without an identifiable cause.

Cultural definitions for anxiety


Emotional distress, especially that brought on by fear of failure. (See also angst.)