Definition of avid in English:



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

    ‘an avid reader of science fiction’
    • ‘Pat had a lifelong interest in model railways and was an avid reader on the topic.’
    • ‘An avid reader, Dr. Murray was a man who greatly enjoyed home life with his wife and family.’
    • ‘She looked at me with avid interest, with those eyes so much like mine.’
    • ‘An avid reader, she used to carry around a list of tricky words to help her to remember their spellings.’
    • ‘Most of them read cookery books with as much avid interest as articles about dieting.’
    • ‘The middle classes are the most avid readers of novels, non-fiction and even poetry.’
    • ‘I am not an avid reader of other newspapers because they are too focused on just real news stories.’
    • ‘He had a great love for his country and was an avid reader of Irish and local history.’
    • ‘An avid air enthusiast, Andy has travelled all over the world in pursuit of his hobby.’
    • ‘She was used to befriending her students and taking an avid interest in their lives.’
    • ‘An avid reader, he took his first forays in the world of writing during his childhood years.’
    • ‘I am an avid reader of your magazine and look forward to picking up my issue every Thursday.’
    • ‘He was also an avid reader of the newspapers and a great man for television and radio programmes.’
    • ‘She was a keen letter writer, an avid reader and biblical student, and was active in church and community.’
    • ‘The man used to be an avid reader, but deteriorating eyesight has put an end to that activity.’
    • ‘Two avid readers of this column had seen us arrive and kindly retained their table until we were ready to take over.’
    • ‘He has rarely been interviewed and though he is an avid reader of newspapers, he has no wish to read about himself.’
    • ‘As for the soldiers who do the killing and dying, they are unlikely to be avid readers of serious newspapers.’
    • ‘An avid reader, he was also a committed Christian and regularly attended church.’
    • ‘Denton hopes it will also be a resource for avid readers or students of writing.’
    keen, eager, enthusiastic, ardent, passionate, devoted, dedicated, fervent, fervid, zealous, fanatical, voracious, insatiable
    wholehearted, earnest
    as keen as mustard
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    1. 1.1Having an eager desire for.
      ‘she was avid for information about the murder inquiry’
      • ‘Recently issued authors (and more especially their publishers) are always avid for a ‘plug’ for the current product.’
      • ‘News of those manoeuvres had been widely circulated by a world media avid for confirming signs of ‘Muslim fundamentalism’.’
      • ‘Contrary to much prejudice, they do not want to sponge off the state: most asylum-seekers seem to me avid for work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The enemy in this case is our imaginations, avid for the spectacle of catastrophe.’
      • ‘The photographers would not have chased Diana down that Parisian tunnel if the public had not been avid for pictures of the princess.’
      • ‘Well, one is avid for heroes when one's young; especially among one's contemporaries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is chillingly avid for gold in the gambling scene.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he must be treated as being a man who is not avid for scandal.’
      • ‘Gathered by journalists avid for war copy, the audience of the tales was vastly expanded by an uncritical press.’
      • ‘Smith remains avid for what used to be called the final form of the text.’
      • ‘His conversion was much more gradual, taking root slowly but tenaciously in a nature avid for the life of faith.’
      • ‘The Second Empire, generally avid for control and order, sought to regularize commerce by the reconstruction of the central market.’
      • ‘The Observer reported that the play was attracting young people who were avid for its message.’
      • ‘No, not avid for scandal is the one right at the end of the line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was treated with particular savagery by cartoonists, who represented her as ugly, overdressed, over-fecund and avid for diamonds and pearls.’
      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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Mid 18th century: from French avide or Latin avidus, from avere crave.