Definition of avid in US English:

avid

adjective

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

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

/ˈavəd//ˈævəd/