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1Strongly wanting to do or have something:‘the man was eager to please’‘young intellectuals eager for knowledge’
anxious, impatient, waiting with bated breath, longing, yearning, aching, wishing, hoping, hopeful, thirsty, hungry, greedyView synonyms
- ‘I can understand that Blackburn are eager for a reply but I cannot give them my decision yet.’
- ‘Pike doesn't know if she'll have a role, but she is eager for them to work together again.’
- ‘People were so eager to vote that we had to bring in extra ballot boxes and thousands of ballot papers to meet the demand.’
- ‘The others were eager for his works, which sold better than those of Rembrandt in his prime.’
- ‘Time and again, Hendrie warned his side of the danger of being outfought by more eager opponents.’
- ‘He was approached half a dozen times by reporters, all eager for an interview.’
- ‘From this point she is only too eager to turn her talent and visibility into a full time career.’
- ‘Obviously they were unable to cope with constant handling by eager visitors.’
- ‘All were extremely enthusiastic, and eager for everyone on the course to do well.’
- ‘The Leigh Centurions captain put eager children through their paces at rugby.’
- ‘A questing man eager for new experiences, his first play has just opened in Sao Paulo.’
- ‘I know that young people are eager to find their ways in a more and more open world.’
- ‘People in urgent need of money and eager to make quick profits are lured into them.’
- ‘You let the phone ring twice before answering, lest you appear overly eager.’
- ‘But Phil and his team will bring the plants back to sell to eager Swindon gardeners.’
- ‘He reminded John of an eager child, desperate to please, to prove what he had learned.’
- ‘What is it that makes her so eager to please?’
- ‘Tim sounded eager, and he bounced from his heels to his toes.’
- ‘As Dr. Kramer sees it, a therapist should not be too eager to please.’
- ‘I was fascinated to watch her plying her trade to the many young girls eager for her wares.’
- 1.1 (of a person's expression or tone of voice) keenly expectant or interested:‘small eager faces looked up and listened’
keen, enthusiastic, avid, fervent, ardent, zealous, passionate, motivated, wholehearted, dedicated, committed, earnest, diligentView synonyms
- ‘Ryne flinched at the overly eager, overly loud voice that greeted his arrival back home.’
- ‘Bridge leaned over and glanced at the maps with an eager expression on her face.’
- ‘Kit nodded and leapt to her feet, an eager expression appearing on her face as she did so.’
Middle English (also in the sense ‘pungent, sour’): from Old French aigre keen, from Latin acer, acr- sharp, pungent.
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