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fear

verb [T]     /fɪər/
B2 to be worried or frightened that something bad might happen or might have happened: [+ (that)] Police fear that the couple may have drowned. We huddled together, fearing we'd be killed.Afraid
B2 to be frightened of something or someone unpleasant: Most older employees fear unemployment.Afraid
fear the worst
B2 If you fear the worst, you are frightened that an unpleasant situation will become much worse: When there was no sign of the children, rescuers feared the worst.Afraid
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