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fearnoun [C or U]

uk   /fɪər/  us   /fɪr/
B1 an ​unpleasantemotion or ​thought that you have when you are ​frightened or ​worried by something ​dangerous, ​painful, or ​bad that is ​happening or might ​happen: Trembling with fear, she ​handed over the ​money to the ​gunman. Even when the ​wavesgrewbig, the ​boyshowed no (​signs of) fear. I have a fear ofheights. The ​lowprofitfiguressimplyconfirmed my worst fears. [+ that] There are fears that the ​disease will ​spread to other ​countries.be in fear of your life to be ​frightened that you might be ​killed: Lakisha ​sat inside, in fear of her ​life, until the ​police came.be no fear of sth informal to be no ​possibility that a ​particular thing will ​happen: Greta ​knows the ​city well, so there's no fear of us getting ​lost (= we will not get ​lost).for fear that/of sth C2 because you are ​worried that a ​particular thing might ​happen: They wouldn't ​lettheircatoutside for fear (that) it would get ​run over. I didn't ​want to ​move for fear of waking her up.

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fearverb

uk   /fɪər/  us   /fɪr/
B2 [T; not continuous] to be ​frightened of something or someone ​unpleasant: Most ​olderemployees fear ​unemployment. What do you fear most?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.I fear formal mainly UK used to give someone ​news of something ​bad that has ​happened or might ​happen: [+ (that)] I fear (that) she's already ​left.

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(Definition of fear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fearnoun [C/U]

 us   /fɪər/
a ​strongemotion caused by ​greatworry about something ​dangerous, ​painful, or ​unknown that is ​happening or might ​happen: [U] Even when the ​boat was ​rocked by ​waves, the ​boyshowed no fear. [C] The ​lowsalescontinued, ​confirmingourworst 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 ​cabdriver was going so ​fast, I feared for ​oursafety. To fear is also to be ​worried or ​upset: [+ that clause] They fear that ​Congress may not ​allocate the ​moneyneeded.
(Definition of fear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fear”
in Korean 두려움…
in Arabic خَوف…
in Malaysian ketakutan…
in French peur…
in Russian страх…
in Chinese (Traditional) 害怕,懼怕, 擔憂…
in Italian paura…
in Turkish korku, endişe…
in Polish strach, obawa, lęk…
in Spanish miedo, temor…
in Vietnamese sự sợ hãi…
in Portuguese medo…
in Thai ความกลัว…
in German die Furcht…
in Catalan por…
in Japanese 恐怖…
in Chinese (Simplified) 害怕,惧怕, 担忧…
in Indonesian ketakutan…
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