Definition of avid in English:

avid

adjective

  • 1Having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something.

    ‘an avid reader of science fiction’
    • ‘He had a great love for his country and was an avid reader of Irish and local history.’
    • ‘I am not an avid reader of other newspapers because they are too focused on just real news stories.’
    • ‘As for the soldiers who do the killing and dying, they are unlikely to be avid readers of serious newspapers.’
    • ‘She looked at me with avid interest, with those eyes so much like mine.’
    • ‘Pat had a lifelong interest in model railways and was an avid reader on the topic.’
    • ‘She was a keen letter writer, an avid reader and biblical student, and was active in church and community.’
    • ‘I am an avid reader of your magazine and look forward to picking up my issue every Thursday.’
    • ‘Denton hopes it will also be a resource for avid readers or students of writing.’
    • ‘He was also an avid reader of the newspapers and a great man for television and radio programmes.’
    • ‘Two avid readers of this column had seen us arrive and kindly retained their table until we were ready to take over.’
    • ‘An avid reader, Dr. Murray was a man who greatly enjoyed home life with his wife and family.’
    • ‘The middle classes are the most avid readers of novels, non-fiction and even poetry.’
    • ‘An avid reader, he was also a committed Christian and regularly attended church.’
    • ‘He has rarely been interviewed and though he is an avid reader of newspapers, he has no wish to read about himself.’
    • ‘An avid air enthusiast, Andy has travelled all over the world in pursuit of his hobby.’
    • ‘Most of them read cookery books with as much avid interest as articles about dieting.’
    • ‘She was used to befriending her students and taking an avid interest in their lives.’
    • ‘The man used to be an avid reader, but deteriorating eyesight has put an end to that activity.’
    • ‘An avid reader, he took his first forays in the world of writing during his childhood years.’
    • ‘An avid reader, she used to carry around a list of tricky words to help her to remember their spellings.’
    keen, eager, enthusiastic, ardent, passionate, devoted, dedicated, fervent, fervid, zealous, fanatical, voracious, insatiable
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    1. 1.1avid for Having an eager desire for.
      ‘she was avid for information about the murder inquiry’
      • ‘Smith remains avid for what used to be called the final form of the text.’
      • ‘The Observer reported that the play was attracting young people who were avid for its message.’
      • ‘But he must be treated as being a man who is not avid for scandal.’
      • ‘Many of the friendly people they met in Ballina, NSW, showed a great interest in the Irish sister town, after which it is named, and were avid for information about Ballina, Co. Mayo.’
      • ‘Like the wine merchant they were all avid for news, but had little to give him in return, certainly no chance mention of a priceless jewelled mask.’
      • ‘His conversion was much more gradual, taking root slowly but tenaciously in a nature avid for the life of faith.’
      • ‘Recently issued authors (and more especially their publishers) are always avid for a ‘plug’ for the current product.’
      • ‘She was treated with particular savagery by cartoonists, who represented her as ugly, overdressed, over-fecund and avid for diamonds and pearls.’
      • ‘Here, Labour and the Conservatives - lacking the activist enthusiasm that sustained them for most of the last century - are avid for the costly substitute of electronic technology.’
      • ‘She is chillingly avid for gold in the gambling scene.’
      • ‘No, not avid for scandal is the one right at the end of the line.’
      • ‘Well, one is avid for heroes when one's young; especially among one's contemporaries.’
      • ‘News of those manoeuvres had been widely circulated by a world media avid for confirming signs of ‘Muslim fundamentalism’.’
      • ‘He published this clarification in the Architectural Record for American art lovers, who were avid for information about what was happening in the Old World.’
      • ‘Contrary to much prejudice, they do not want to sponge off the state: most asylum-seekers seem to me avid for work.’
      • ‘The photographers would not have chased Diana down that Parisian tunnel if the public had not been avid for pictures of the princess.’
      • ‘The public was avid for depictions of events it had heard or read about, and the authenticity of the depiction was a significant factor in their appreciation.’
      • ‘The Second Empire, generally avid for control and order, sought to regularize commerce by the reconstruction of the central market.’
      • ‘The enemy in this case is our imaginations, avid for the spectacle of catastrophe.’
      • ‘Gathered by journalists avid for war copy, the audience of the tales was vastly expanded by an uncritical press.’
      eager for, desiring, wishing for, hoping for, anxious for, keen for, keen on, avid for, craving for, yearning for, itching for, longing for, thirsty for, hungry for, ravening for, greedy for
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from French avide or Latin avidus, from avere ‘crave’.

Pronunciation

avid

/ˈavɪd/