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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
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