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fear

verb     /fɪər/ US  /fɪr/
B2 [T; not continuous] to be frightened of something or someone unpleasant: Most older employees fear unemployment. What do you fear most?Afraid B2 [T; not continuous] formal to be worried or frightened that something bad might happen or might have happened: [+ (that)] Police fear (that) the couple may have drowned.formal It is feared (that) as many as two hundred passengers may have died in the crash. We huddled together, fearing we might be killed. [+ to infinitive] Fearing to go herself, she sent her son to find out the news.Afraid I fear formal used to give someone news of something bad that has happened or might happen: [+ (that)] I fear (that) she's already left.Sadness and regret
(Definition of fear verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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