1 Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting future or unknown; being in painful suspense; — applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle.
2 Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; — applied to things; as, anxious labor. The sweet of life, from which God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares. Milton.
3 Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please. He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform. Macaulay.