fear Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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fearnoun [C/U]

 us   /fɪər/
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  us   /ˈfɪər·ləs/
He was a tough, fearless soldier.

fearverb

 us   /fɪr/
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 Arabic خَوف…
in Korean 두려움…
in Malaysian ketakutan…
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 Vietnamese sự sợ hãi…
in Spanish miedo, temor…
in Portuguese medo…
in Thai ความกลัว…
in German die Furcht…
in Catalan por…
in Japanese 恐怖…
in Indonesian ketakutan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 害怕,惧怕, 担忧…
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