Meaning of “fear” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] uk us /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.

B2 to be frightened of something or someone unpleasant:

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.

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