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avid definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous; "avid for adventure"; "an avid ambition to succeed"; "fierce devouring affection"; "the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity"; "greedy for fame" [syn: avid, devouring, esurient, greedy]
2: marked by active interest and enthusiasm; "an avid sports fan" [syn: avid, zealous]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: French or Latin; French avide, from Latin avidus, from av?re to desire, crave; akin to Welsh ewyllys desire, Old Irish con-oí he protects Date: 1769 1. desirous to the point of greed ; urgently eager ; greedy <avid for publicity> 2. characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit <avid readers> Synonyms: see eager • avidly adverb • avidness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (usu. foll. by of, for) eager, greedy. Derivatives: avidity n. avidly adv. Etymology: F avide or L avidus f. avere crave

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Avid Av"id, a. [L. avidus, fr. av?re to long: cf. F. avide. See Avarice.] Longing eagerly for; eager; greedy. ``Avid of gold, yet greedier of renown.'' --Southey.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. You use avid to describe someone who is very enthusiastic about something that they do. He misses not having enough books because he's an avid reader. ADJ: usu ADJ n • avidly Thank you for a most entertaining magazine, which I read avidly each month. ADV: ADV with v 2. If you say that someone is avid for something, you mean that they are very eager to get it. He was intensely eager, indeed avid, for wealth. ADJ: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ for n • avidly Western suppliers too are competing avidly for business abroad. ADV: ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. (Rare.) Eager, greedy.

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