Worry meaning

wûrē, wŭrē
To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled.
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To worry is defined as to feel anxiety or nervousness.

When you are thinking about all the things that could go wrong, this is an example of a situation where you worry.

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To chase and nip at or attack.

A dog worrying steers.

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The definition of a worry is something that causes you to feel uneasy or anxious, or a troubled state of mind.

Not having any money is an example of a financial worry.

The feeling you experience when you are concerned and nervous about something is an example of worry.

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To cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled.
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The act of worrying or the condition of being worried; persistent mental uneasiness.
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A source of nagging concern or uneasiness.
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To annoy, bother, harass, vex, etc.
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To cause to feel troubled or uneasy; make anxious; distress.
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To bite, pull, or tear (at an object) with or as with the teeth.
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To feel distressed in the mind; be anxious, troubled, or uneasy.
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To manage to get (along or through) in the face of trials and difficulties.
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The act of worrying.
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A troubled state of mind; anxiety; distress; care; uneasiness.
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Something that causes anxiety.
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To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.

Your dog's been worrying sheep again.

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The President was worried into military action by persistent advisors.

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Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.

Your tone of voice worries me.

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(intransitive) To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.

Stop worrying about your test, it'll be fine.

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A strong feeling of anxiety.

I'm afflicted by worry throughout the night.

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An instance or cause of such a feeling.

My main worry is that I'll miss the train.

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not to worry
  • There is nothing to worry about; there is no need to be concerned:.
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not to worry!
  • You do not need to worry!.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of worry

  • Middle English werien, worien to strangle from Old English wyrgan wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English werien, worien, wirwen "˜to choke, strangle', from Old English wyrÄ¡an, from Proto-Germanic *wurgijanÄ… (compare Dutch worgen, wurgen, German würgen), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵʰ- "˜bind, squeeze' (compare Latin urgere "˜to press, push', Lithuanian ver̃žti "˜to string; squeeze', Russian (poetic) отверзать (otverzát') "˜to open', literally "˜untie'). Related to wring.

    From Wiktionary