[ tag word day English learner’s meaning ]
1 : fear or nervousness about what might happen
feelings of anger and anxiety
She suffers from chronic/acute anxiety.
He suffers from test anxiety. [=excessive fear about taking tests]
He’s been feeling a lot of anxiety about/over his new job.
[count] — usually plural
modern anxieties about terrorism
She discussed her anxieties with her sister.
2 [singular] : a feeling of wanting to do something very much
She has always had an anxiety to succeed. [=she has always been anxious to succeed]