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fear

noun [C/U]  /fɪər/ us  
a strong emotion caused by great worry about something dangerous, painful, or unknown that is happening or might happen: [U] Even when the boat was rocked by waves, the boy showed no fear. [C] The low sales continued, confirming our worst fears. [U] She stood very still for fear of (= because she was worried about) being noticed.
fearless
adjective  /ˈfɪər·ləs/ us  
He was a tough, fearless soldier.

fear

verb  /fɪr/ us  
to be frightened about someone or something unpleasant: [I] The cab driver was going so fast, I feared for our safety. To fear is also to be worried or upset: [+ that clause] They fear that Congress may not allocate the money needed.
Translations of “fear”
in Korean 두려움…
in Arabic خَوف…
in French peur…
in Turkish korku, endişe…
in Italian paura…
in Chinese (Traditional) 害怕,懼怕, 擔憂…
in Russian страх…
in Polish strach, obawa, lęk…
in Spanish miedo, temor…
in Portuguese medo…
in German die Furcht…
in Catalan por…
in Japanese 恐怖…
in Chinese (Simplified) 害怕,惧怕, 担忧…
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