Meaning of “worried” in the English Dictionary

"worried" in British English

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uk /ˈwʌ us /ˈwɝː.id/

A2 unhappy because you are thinking about problems or unpleasant things that might happen:

She was sitting behind her desk with a worried expression/look on her face.
They don't seem particularly worried about the situation.
You had me worried (= you made me feel anxious) back there - I thought for a second that you wouldn't be able to stop in time.
He was worried sick (= extremely worried) when he heard that there had been an accident.

More examples

  • Investors were seriously worried when the stock market began to crash.
  • We were flooded with calls from worried parents.
  • I'm worried about David.
  • I've never seen her worried or anxious in any way - she's so laid-back.
  • Despite his public support, privately he was worried.
adverb uk /ˈwʌ us /ˈwɝː

He looked back worriedly over his shoulder.

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

"worried" in American English

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us /ˈwɜr·id, ˈwʌr·id/

anxious because you're thinking about problems or other unpleasant things that are happening or may happen:

We were very worried when he did not answer his phone.
She had a worried look on her face.

(Definition of “worried” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)