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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an avid/voracious reader (=someone who eagerly reads a lot of books)
▪ She was an avid reader of historical novels.
▪ And the sumptuous pictures will satisfy the most avid architectural enthusiast.
▪ It was recent history Goreng was most avid for.
▪ Not a city but a metropolis, with enough mazy back streets and alleys and passageways to satisfy the most avid intriguer.
▪ Even the most avid mycologists dislike being shot over a chanterelle.
▪ She took such an avid interest in all that her daughter was doing that it became stressful.
▪ Factors fueling the avid interest in e-commerce run the gamut of the business process.
▪ He took an avid interest in the school play, the debating society, the Grotonian literary magazine.
▪ I am an avid reader of your magazine and eagerly look forward to each month's issue.
▪ Many become avid readers, work-out maniacs or bingo fanatics during the six months away from home.
▪ I have long been a avid reader of books about islands.
▪ But now she was an avid reader who liked nothing better than to haunt old bookstores.
▪ The library was a room which the Empress used constantly, for she was all her life an avid reader.
▪ Reagan was an avid reader of the conservative monthly Kuman Events, and frequently quoted from it at length.
▪ As a keen writer and avid newspaper reader, Jenny had always wanted to be a journalist.
▪ Tim's father is an avid collector of old blues and jazz records.
▪ Factors fueling the avid interest in e-commerce run the gamut of the business process.
▪ He took avid notes as Father Campbell outlined the program for the week.
▪ His ballgame companion, Marge Locke, is just as avid a fan.
▪ His own father had been an avid ornithologist, so his aunt had told him.
The Collaborative International 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.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1769, from French avide (15c.), from Latin avidus "longing eagerly, desirous, greedy," from avere "to desire eagerly." Also in part a back-formation from avidity. Related: Avidly.


a. enthusiastic; passionate; longing eagerly; eager; greedy

  1. adj. (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: devouring(a), esurient, greedy]

  2. marked by active interest and enthusiasm; "an avid sports fan"; "a great walker"; "an eager beaver" [syn: great, eager, zealous]


AVID or Avid may refer to:

  • Avid Technology, an American company specializing in video and audio production technology
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges in the U.S.
  • Avid, a variant of the male first name Abid
  • Avid Merrion, protagonist in the Bo' Selecta! British TV sketch show
  • Avid Home Entertainment, a division of Artisan Entertainment, a defunct American independent movie studio

Usage examples of "avid".

She had the broad features common to the Akka people and the broad shoulders of a woman who has tackled a lot of reindeer, and it was hard to tell whether she contemplated those dogs with such an avid gaze because they looked fit to serve her, or to be eaten for supper.

When he tried, rather breathlessly, to compliment me on the avid ardency with which I was embracing him, I bade him hush, for I did not care to hear talk.

The maids, faces avid with curiosity, went away, and Brule poured coffee, and Andy brought a cup of it to Rue.

Ellen looked stricken, Sal avid, and Henry Clift was shaking his head as if at the foolishness of womankind.

The students, true to the mores of the city instead of the dojo, had formed a crowd of avid spectators.

Henry Crawford, a dominant, aged 33, who was an avid spanking enthusiast and enema fetishist.

Communist Russia won the war of symbols: it succeeded for at least a half-century in providing the symbols of Good and Evil to that great army of Esches who are as avid for values as they are incapable of discriminating among them.

Himself an avid lepidopterist, Fyodor had asked his father in 1916 to be allowed to join a further expedition to Tibet, but was refused because of the war.

He put Toughy on the floor and Toughy, with avid yellow eyes, crouched at the foot of the curtains and stared up at them.

Only Tulla, unbeknownst to the grownups, but before our eyes as we looked on with a tightening of the throat, took long avid gulps of the brownish-gray broth in which the coagulated excretion of the kidneys floated sleetlike and mingled with blackish marjoram to form islands.

The serving girl watched them both with avid curiosity as Mathe stopped a few feet away.

I took the time to make sure there were none among your avid audience likely to outswim you.

Transforming and activating the protogenes is probably the easy part, given that every sequencer in the world is avid to learn how to write as well as read the language of the bases.

He had talked of that country once, in tones not untinged with distaste, in the presence of the child, and had been aware of her sudden avid attention.

The ship had been rife with increasingly lurid speculations in avid undertones as we had sailed to Carif and I recalled Naldeth had been the source of some of the wilder tales of turbulent adventure and limitless wealth, far removed from the truths of life as a sword for hire, as Aiten had told it to me.