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worryverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈwɜr·i, ˈwʌr·i/
to ​think about ​problems or ​unpleasant things that make you ​anxious, or to make someone ​feelanxious: [I] If you get a ​monthlytrainticket, you won’t have to worry about ​buying a ​ticket every ​day. [I] My ​mother always worries about me when I don’t come ​home by ​midnight. [I] "Will you be all ​rightwalkinghome?" "Don’t worry – I’ll be ​fine." [+ that clause] She worried that she might not be ​able to ​find another ​job. [T] A lot of things worried him about his ​roommate.
noun [C/U]  us   /ˈwɜr·i, ˈwʌr·i/
[C] Fortunately, ​right now we don’t have any worries about ​money.
(Definition of worry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​feelunhappy 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 ​outsideyourcontrol. [+ (that)] She's worried (that) she might not be ​able to ​find another ​job.B2 [T] to make someone ​feelunhappy and ​frightened because of ​problems or ​unpleasant things that might ​happen: You worried ​yourmother by not writing. [+ that] It worries me that he hasn't ​phonedyet. The ​continuedlack of ​rain is ​starting to worry ​people.
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  • Don't worry about a thing. I'll take ​care of it all.
  • My ​elderlymother worries that she's a ​burden to me.
  • Sometimes I worry about the ​future.
  • She'd worried ​quiteneedlessly about whether there would be enough ​food.
  • You needn't worry - I'm not going to ​mention it to anyone.

worry verb (ANIMAL)

[T] If a ​dog worries another ​animal, it ​chases and ​frightens it and might also ​bite it: Any ​dogcaught worrying ​sheep in these ​fields will be ​shot.
Phrasal verbs


uk   /ˈwʌr.i/  us   /ˈwɝː-/
B1 [C] a ​problem that makes you ​feelunhappy and ​frightened: health/​financial worries Keeping ​warm in the ​winter is a ​major worry for many ​oldpeople.B2 [C or U] a ​feeling of being ​unhappy and ​frightened about something: Unemployment, ​badhealth - 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.
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no worries used to ​tell someone that a ​situation is ​acceptable, ​even if something has gone ​wrong: "Oh, I'm ​sorry I got ​yournamewrong!" "No worries".
(Definition of worry from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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