Fear meaning

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Fear is defined as to be afraid of someone or something.

An example of fear is for a child to be scared of getting a shot.

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A reason for dread or apprehension.

Being alone is my greatest fear.

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A very unpleasant or disturbing feeling caused by the presence or imminence of danger.

Our fears intensified as the storm approached.

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To be afraid or frightened of.

A boy who fears spiders.

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To be uneasy or apprehensive about.

We all feared what we would see when the grades were posted.

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A feeling of disquiet or apprehension.

A fear of looking foolish.

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Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a deity.
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A state or condition marked by this feeling.

Living in constant fear of attack; saved as much as he could for fear of losing his job.

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To consider probable; expect.

I fear you are wrong. I fear I have bad news for you.

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To revere or be in awe of (a deity, for example).
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To be afraid.

Your injury is minor. Don't fear.

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To be uneasy or apprehensive.

We fear for the future of the business.

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Respectful dread; awe; reverence.
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A feeling of anxiety and agitation caused by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain, etc.; timidity; dread; terror; fright; apprehension.
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A feeling of uneasiness or apprehension; concern.

A fear that it will rain.

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A cause for fear; possibility; chance.

There was no fear of difficulty.

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To fill with fear; frighten.
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To be afraid of; dread.
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To feel reverence or awe for.
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To expect with misgiving; suspect.

I fear I am late.

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To feel fear; be afraid.
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To be uneasy, anxious, or doubtful.
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​(uncountable) A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.
  • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity.
    I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.
  • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess.
    ‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]? Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?’.

He was struck by fear on seeing the snake.

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(countable) A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone.

Not everybody has the same fears.

I have a fear of ants.

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(uncountable) Extreme veneration or awe, as toward a supreme being or deity.
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Shakespeare.

Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs.

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​ To feel fear about (something); to be afraid of; to consider or expect with alarm.

I fear the worst will happen.

I fear for their safety.

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To venerate; to feel awe towards.

People who fear God can be found in Christian churches.

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Regret.

I fear [regret that] I have bad news for you: your husband has died.

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(dialectal) Able; capable; stout; strong; sound.

Hale and fear.

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The definition of fear is an emotion caused by anxiety or the uneasiness of being afraid of something or someone.

An example of fear is the feeling felt in a haunted house.

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Origin of fear

From Middle English feer, fere, fer, from Old English fǣr, ġefǣr (“calamity, sudden danger, peril, sudden attack, terrible sight”), from Proto-Germanic *fērą (“danger”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to attempt, try, research, risk”). Cognate with Dutch gevaar (“danger, risk, peril”), German Gefahr (“danger, risk, hazard”), Swedish fara (“danger, risk, peril”), Latin perīculum (“danger, risk, trial”), Albanian frikë (“fear,danger”).