Pronunciation: (ang-zī'i-tē),[key] —n., —pl.-ties. 1. distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job. 2. earnest but tense desire; eagerness: He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work. 3. Psychiatry.a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.