Fear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɪr|  American pronunciation of the word fear
Brit.  |fɪə|  British pronunciation of the word fear

noun

- an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight) (syn: fearfulness, fright)
- an anxious feeling(syn: care, concern)
- a feeling of profound respect for someone or something(syn: awe, reverence, veneration)

verb

- be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event
- be afraid or scared of; be frightened of(syn: dread)
- be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement
- be uneasy or apprehensive about
- regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of (syn: revere, reverence, venerate)

Examples

He was a cruel king who was feared and hated by his subjects.

There's no need to fear.

He was trembling with fear.

unable to walk the streets without fear of being mugged

They regarded their enemies with fear and hatred.

I've been trying to overcome my fear of flying.

The doctor's diagnosis confirmed our worst fears.

The government is trying to allay fears of a recession.

Employees expressed fears that the company would go out of business.

He told us about all his hopes and fears.

She has a morbid fear of cats.

I fear to think what may happen.

All mothers fear for their children when they first leave home.

It fears me.

The boy's eyes were full of fear.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: fear
he/she/it: fears
present participle: fearing
past tense: feared
past participle: feared
noun
singular: fear
plural: fears
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman