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Eágerly. adv. [from eager.]

  1. With great ardour of desire; with impetuosity of inclination.

    To the holy war how fast and eagerly did men go, when the priest persuaded them that whosoever died in that expedition was a martyr? South's Sermons.

    How eagerly he flew, when Europe's fate
    Did for the seed of future actions wait.

  2. Ardently; hotly.

                    Brutus gave the word too early,
    Who having some advantage on Octavius,
    Took it too eagerly; his soldiers fell to spoil,
    Whilst we by Anthony were all inclos'd.
    Shak. Jul. Cæsar.

  3. Keenly; sharply.

    Abundance of rain froze so eagerly as it fell, that it seemed the depth of Winter had of a sudden been come in. Knolles.

Sources: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · Knolles, Richard (44) · South, Robert (158) · Stepney, George (5)

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