Meaning of “fear” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /fɪər/

B1 [ C, U ] a strong, unpleasant feeling that you get when you think that something bad, dangerous, or frightening might happen:

She was trembling with fear.
Unlike the rest of us, Dave had no fear of snakes.
[ + (that) ] There are fears that the disease will spread to other countries.
for fear of sth/doing sth

because you are worried about something/doing something:

I didn't want to move for fear of waking her up.

(Definition of “fear noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)