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fear

noun

  1. (fearfulness)  an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
    Synonyms: fearfulness, fright, gastness [archaic]. Type of: emotion. Describes: afraid, unafraid
  2. (anxiety)  an anxious feeling
    Synonyms: care, concern. Type of: anxiety
  3. (awe)  a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
    Synonyms: awe, reverence, veneration. Type of: emotion

verb

  1. (worry)  to be afraid of, or feel anxious or apprehensive about, a possible or probable situation or event
    Type of: worry
  2. (dread)  to be afraid or scared of; to be frightened of
    Synonyms: dread. Follows: apprehend. Caused by: frighten
  3. (regret)  to be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement
    Type of: regret
  4. (be uneasy, apprehensive)  to be uneasy or apprehensive about
  5. (respect)  to regard with feelings of respect and reverence; to consider hallowed or exalted, or be in awe of
    Synonyms: revere, reverence, venerate. Type of: respect

Etymology summary

Middle English feer, fere, fer, from Old English fǣr, ġefǣr ("calamity, sudden...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Fear

an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide. It's a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ... (45 of 4349 words, 2 images)

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Fear (disambiguation)

an emotion. Fear or The Fear may also refer to: Fear (band), an American punk band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles | Fear (John Cale album) (1974) | Fear (Royal Hunt album) (1999) | fear (Toad the Wet Sprocket album) (1991) | Fears (album), a 1997 album... (44 of 583 words, 53 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

fear | for fear of [sense-specific] | no fear [sense-specific] | put the fear of God into [sense-specific] | frighten [archaic, sense-specific] | awe [synonym, sense-specific] | concern [synonym, sense-specific] | possibility [synonym, sense-specific] | dread [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a feeling of distress, apprehension, or alarm caused by impending danger, pain, etc | a cause of this feeling | awe; reverence | concern; anxiety | ... (22 of 831 words, 13 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fear

Merriam-Webster:

fear [entry 1, verb] | frighten [synonym, sense-specific] | bother [synonym, sense-specific] | worry [synonym, sense-specific] | fret [synonym, sense-specific] | fuss [synonym, sense-specific] | stew [synonym, sense-specific] | stress [synonym, sense-specific] | sweat [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "frighten" | [archaic] to feel fear in (oneself) | to have a reverential awe of | to be afraid of; expect with alarm | to be afraid or ... (25 of 125 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fear

fear [entry 2, noun] | solicitude [synonym, sense-specific] | danger [synonym, sense-specific] | alarm [synonym, sense-specific] | anxiety [synonym, sense-specific] | dread [synonym, sense-specific] | fearfulness [synonym, sense-specific] | fright [synonym, sense-specific] | horror [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger ; an instance of this emotion ; a state marked by this emotion | ... (25 of 380 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples)

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Oxford Dictionary:

fear | that | into | fear for | for fear of | never fear | no fear | put the fear of God in someone | without fear or favour

an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm | ("fear for") : a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the ... (26 of 334 words, 14 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

fear | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present] | Fear | Cape Fear | fearer [noun, related]

A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger. | A state or condition marked by this feeling | A feeling of ... (25 of 304 words, 13 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

fear | fears [plural] | for fear of doing something | no fear | put the fear of God into someone

[uncountable] the feeling that you have when you are frightened | [countable] something bad or unpleasant that you are afraid might happen | ... (21 of 248 words, 6 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fear

fear [transitive, verb] | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present] | fear not | fear the worst for | I fear that/so/not

to feel worried and afraid that something bad will happen or has already happened | to feel afraid of someone or something because they might harm you ... (26 of 185 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

fear [entry 1] | be in fear of your life | be no fear of something | for fear that/of something | for fear that something | for fear of something

an unpleasant emotion or thought that you have when you are frightened or ... | "be in fear of your life": to be frightened that you might be killed | ... (28 of 175 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fear 1

fear [entry 2] | I fear

[T; not continuous] to be frightened of something or someone unpleasant | [T; not continuous] [formal] to be worried or frightened that something bad ... (23 of 113 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

fear | Fear | Cape Fear [sense-specific]

a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., ... | a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling. | concern or ... (23 of 133 words, 11 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

fear | Fear

a feeling of anxiety and agitation caused by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain, etc.; timidity; dread; terror; fright; apprehension | ... (22 of 124 words, 11 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

fear | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present] | feer [sense-specific] | dread [synonym, sense-specific] | terror [synonym, sense-specific] | fright [synonym, sense-specific] | phobia [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[uncountable] A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat. | [countable] A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone. | [uncountable] Extreme veneration or awe, as toward a supreme being or ... (37 of 98 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fear

Encarta Dictionary:

fear | fears [plural] | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle]

an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger | an idea, thought, or other entity that causes ... (23 of 187 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610759​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

fear | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English feer, fere, fer, from Old English fǣr, ġefǣr ("calamity, sudden danger, ... | Middle English feren, from Old English fǣran ("to frighten, raven"), from Old English fǣr,... (28 of 148 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fear

Online Etymology:

fear

Origin: [noun] Old English fær "calamity, sudden danger, peril", from ... | [verb] Old English færan "terrify, frighten", originally transitive ... (18 of 131 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

fear | that | into | fear for

Origin: Old English fǣr "calamity, danger", fǣran "frighten", also "revere", of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gevaar and German Gefahr "danger"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fear

New World Dictionary:

fear

Origin: Middle English fer from Old English fær, literally, sudden attack, akin to Old High German fāra, ambush, snare

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fear

American Heritage Dictionary:

fear | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English fer, from Old English fǣr, danger, sudden calamity; see per- [entry 3] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fear

Collins Dictionary:

fear

Origin: Old English fǣr; related to Old High German fāra, Old Norse fār hostility, Latin perīculum danger

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fear

Merriam-Webster:

fear [entry 1, verb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English feren, from Old English fǣran, from fǣr

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fear

fear [entry 2, noun]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Middle English fer, from Old English fǣr sudden danger; akin to Old High German fāra ambush and perhaps to Latin ... (22 of 29 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

fear | fears [plural] | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle]

Origin: Old English fǣr "calamity, danger", fǣran "frighten" from Indo-European, "to try"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610759​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

fear | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fear"

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Collins Dictionary:

fear

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fear"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fear

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fear | fears [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fear"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fear

fear [transitive, verb] | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fear"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

fear [noun] | fears [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fear"

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fear [transitive, verb] | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle] | fears [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fear"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

fear [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "fear"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "fear"

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the Free Dictionary:

Fear

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Fear"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Fear"

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Google Dictionary:

fear | fears [plural] | feared [past tense] | fearing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "fear"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fear

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fear"

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YourDictionary Audio:

fear

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freedictionary.org:

Fear

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