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worry

noun

  1. (negative stimulus)  something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
    Synonyms: concern, headache, vexation. Type of: negative stimulus
  2. (anxiety)  a strong feeling of anxiety
    Synonyms: kiaugh [Scotland], trouble. Type of: anxiety

verb

  1. (be worried, concerned)  to be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
    Synonyms: worrit [archaic, dialectal].
  2. (mind)  to be concerned with
    Synonyms: care. Type of: mind
  3. (perturb)  to disturb the peace of mind of; to afflict with mental agitation or distress
    Synonyms: vex. Type of: perturb
  4. (interest)  to be on the mind of
    Synonyms: concern, interest, occupy.
  5. (incise)  to lacerate by biting
    Synonyms: worry at. Type of: incise
  6. (rub)  to touch or rub constantly
    Type of: rub

Etymology summary

[verb] Old English wyrgan "to strangle", from West Germanic ... | [noun] from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Worry

thoughts, images and emotions of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats. As an emotion it's experienced as anxiety or concern about a real or imagined issue, usually personal issues such as health or ... (41 of 721 words, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | not to worry [sense-specific] | no worries [sense-specific] | bother [synonym, sense-specific] | intr [synonym, sense-specific] | worrying [adjective, derived]

to be or cause to be anxious or uneasy, especially about something uncertain or potentially dangerous | [transitive] to disturb the peace of mind of; ... (24 of 632 words, 14 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

worry [entry 1, verb] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | struggle [synonym, sense-specific] | fret [synonym, sense-specific] | choke [synonym, sense-specific] | torment [synonym, sense-specific] | strangle [synonym, sense-specific] | bother [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[dialect, British] "choke", "strangle" | to harass by tearing, biting, or snapping especially at the throat ; to shake or pull at with the teeth ; to ... (26 of 433 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

worry [entry 2, noun] | worries [plural] | trouble [synonym, sense-specific] | difficulty [synonym, sense-specific] | anxiety [synonym, sense-specific] | agita [synonym, sense-specific] | agitation [synonym, sense-specific] | anxiousness [synonym, sense-specific] | apprehension [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something ... | a cause of worry; "trouble", "difficulty" (17 of 201 words, 2 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worry something out | worry at | not to worry | worrit [archaic] | worrited [archaic, past tense] | ...

feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems | ("worry something out") : discover or solve something by persistent ... (23 of 307 words, 9 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worrier [noun, related]

To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled. | To pull or tear at something with or as if with the teeth. | To proceed doggedly in the ... (27 of 301 words, 10 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worrier [noun, related]

to harass or treat roughly with or as with continual biting or tearing with ... | to annoy, bother, harass, vex, etc. | to cause to feel troubled or ... (27 of 152 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

worry | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worries [3rd-person singular present] | not to worry

[intransitive/transitive] to feel nervous and upset because you keep ... | [transitive] if a dog worries sheep or other animals, it attacks or chases ... (23 of 150 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

worry [noun] | worries [plural] | no worries

[countable] a problem or possibility that makes you feel worried ; [uncountable] the feeling of being worried | "no worries": [spoken] used for saying ... (23 of 129 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worry along or through [sense-specific]

to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. | to move with effort. | to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague. | ... (22 of 128 words, 10 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/worry

Cambridge Dictionary:

worry [entry 1]

to think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and afraid | to make someone feel unhappy and ... (26 of 110 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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worry [entry 2]

If a dog worries another animal, it chases and frightens it and might also bite it (16 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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worry [entry 3]

a problem that makes you feel unhappy and afraid | when you feel unhappy and afraid about something (17 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

[transitive] To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf. | [transitive] To harass; to irritate or distress. | [transitive] Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress. | [intransitive] To be troubled, to... (39 of 86 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/worry

Encarta Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worrit [British, regional, sense-specific, verbs] | worrited [British, regional, sense-specific, verbs, past tense] | worriting [British, regional, sense-specific, verbs, present participle] | worrits [British, regional, sense-specific, verbs, 3rd-person singular present]

to feel anxious about something unpleasant that may have happened or may happen, or make somebody do this | to annoy somebody by making insistent ... (24 of 377 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714151​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

worry

First use: 1804

Origin: [verb] Old English wyrgan "to strangle", from West Germanic ... | [noun] from "worry" (verb). (15 of 97 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English werien, worien, wirwen 'to choke, strangle', from Old English wyrġan, from Proto-Germanic *wurgijaną (compare Dutch worgen, wurgen, German würgen), from Proto-Indo-European ... (23 of 48 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worry something out | worry at

Origin: Old English wyrgan "strangle", of West Germanic origin. In Middle English the original sense of the verb gave rise to the meaning "seize by the ... (25 of 44 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English wirwen from Old English wyrgan, to strangle, injure, akin to German würgen, to strangle from Indo-European ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural]

Origin: Old English wyrgan; related to Old Frisian wergia to kill, Old High German wurgen (German (er) würgen to strangle), Old Norse virgill, urga rope

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English werien, worien, to strangle, from Old English wyrgan; see wer- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/worry

Merriam-Webster:

worry [entry 1, verb] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English worien, from Old English wyrgan; akin to Old High German wurgen to strangle, Lithuanian veržti to constrict

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Encarta Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

Origin: Old English wyrgan "strangle"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714151​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "worry"

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Collins Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "worry"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

worry | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worries [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "worry"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/worry

worry [noun] | worries [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

worry | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle] | worries [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "worry"

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

worry [noun] | worries [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "worry"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

worry [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "worry"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "worry"

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the Free Dictionary:

worry

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "worry"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "worry"

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Google Dictionary:

worry | worries [plural] | worried [past tense] | worrying [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "worry"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

worry

Audio: North American pronunciation of "worry"

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YourDictionary Audio:

worry

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freedictionary.org:

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