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English definition of “worry”

worry

verb uk   /ˈwʌr.i/ us    /ˈwɝː-/

worry verb (PROBLEM)

A2 [I] to think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and frightened: Try not to worry - there's nothing you can do to change the situation. Don't worry, she'll be all right. It's silly worrying about things which are outside your control. [+ (that)] She's worried (that) she might not be able to find another job.Anxious and worried B2 [T] to make someone feel unhappy and frightened because of problems or unpleasant things that might happen: You worried your mother by not writing. [+ that] It worries me that he hasn't phoned yet. The continued lack of rain is starting to worry people.Causing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset

worry verb (ANIMAL)

[T] If a dog worries another animal, it chases and frightens it and might also bite it: Any dog caught worrying sheep in these fields will be shot.Animal (non-human) behaviourPursuing
Phrasal verbs

worry

noun uk   /ˈwʌr.i/ us    /ˈwɝː-/
B1 [C] a problem that makes you feel unhappy and frightened: health/financial worries Keeping warm in the winter is a major worry for many old people.Anxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobiasDifficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding B2 [C or U] a feeling of being unhappy and frightened about something: Unemployment, bad health - all sorts of things can be a cause of worry. It was clear that Anna had no worries about her husband's attempts to flirt.Anxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias
(Definition of worry from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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