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zeal for, zeal in

As a general rule, one shows zeal for a person, a concept or an object.

  • Fans showed their zeal for Bob Dylan and his music by throwing a bash for his sixtieth birthday.
  • Knowing Cora’s zeal for justice, I was not surprised that she chose to study law.
  • Children must not lose their zeal for building a better world.

One shows zeal in a process or in the pursuit of an activity.

  • Your zeal in perfecting that software application will surely earn you high praise, and possibly a raise.