Verb fear Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(obsolete, transitive) To cause fear to; to frighten. (transitive) To feel fear about (something); to be afraid of; to consider or expect with alarm. (transitive) To venerate; to feel awe towards. (transitive) Regret. (obsolete) To be anxious or solicitous for. (obsolete) To suspect; to doubt.

More definition:

1.a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.Synonyms, foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, horror, trepidation, qualm. Antonyms, courage, security, calm, intrepidity.

2.a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling, an abnormal fear of heights. Synonyms, phobia, aversion; bête noire, bogy, bogey, bugbear. Antonyms, liking, fondness, penchant, predilection.

3.concern or anxiety; solicitude, a fear for someone's safety.

4.reverential awe, especially toward God, the fear of God. Synonyms, awe, respect, reverence, veneration.

5.something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of, Cancer is a common fear.

6.anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur, Having grown up during the Great Depression, he had a constant fear of running out of money. regard with fear; be afraid of.Synonyms, apprehend, dread. have reverential awe of.Synonyms, revere, venerate, honor. consider or anticipate (something unpleasant) with a feeling of dread or alarm, It's about to snow again, I fear.

10.Archaic. to experience fear in (oneself), I fear me he will ne'er forgive us.
1 have fear; be afraid, I'll go with you, so do not fear!1 feel apprehensive or uneasy (usually followed by for), In this time of economic instability, I fear for my children's future.

3.for fear of / that, in order to prevent or avoid the risk of, She is afraid to say anything for fear of the consequences.1

4.put the fear of God in / into, to cause to be greatly afraid.

1.a river in SE North Carolina. 202 miles (325 km) long.

2.Cape, a cape at its mouth.

1. a feeling of distress, apprehension, or alarm caused by impending danger, pain, etc

2. a cause of this feeling

3. awe; reverence, fear of God

4. concern; anxiety

5. possibility; chance, there is no fear of that happening

6. for fear of, for fear that, for fear lest, to forestall or avoid

7. no fear, certainly not

8. put the fear of God into, to frighten verb

9. to be afraid (to do something) or of (a person or thing); dread

10. (transitive) to revere; respect1
1. (transitive; takes a clause as object) to be sorry, used to lessen the effect of an unpleasant statement, I fear that you have not won1

2. (intransitive) foll by for. to feel anxiety about something1

3. an archaic word for frighten Derived Formsfearer, nounfearless, adjectivefearlessly, adverbfearlessness, noun Word OriginOld English fǣr; related to Old High German fāra, Old Norse fār hostility, Latin perīculum dangerCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English fær "calamity, sudden danger, peril," from Proto-Germanic *feraz "danger" (cf. Old Saxon far "ambush," Old Norse far "harm, distress, deception," Dutch gevaar, German Gefahr "danger"), from PIE root *per- "to try, risk, come over, go through" (perhaps connected with Greek peira "trial, attempt, experience," Latin periculum "trial, risk, danger").Sense of "uneasiness caused by possible danger" developed late 12c. Old English words for "fear" as we now use it were ege, fyrhto; as a verb, ondrædan.
Old English færan "terrify, frighten," originally transitive (sense preserved in archaic I fear me and somewhat revived in digital gaming). Meaning "feel fear" is late 14c. Cognate with Old Saxon faron "to lie in wait," Middle Dutch vaeren "to fear," Old High German faren "to plot against," Old Norse færa "to taunt." See fear (n.). Related, Feared; fearing.
see, fools rush in where angels fear to tread for fear of never fear put the fear of god in The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


As it was, the kids might pick up on her fear and emulate.

Once again fear squeezed her stomach.

Fear clutched at her heart with cold fingers.

Because fear makes us cautious.

But it would be nice to know you had a way to get out and do things without fear of taking the only vehicle.

The sea shore is too far to the east so I fear she'll be remanded to a roadside bier of Kudzu and discarded fast food wrappers.

I'll give them credit; there is some feeble attempt to revive it but I fear any hint of its past splendor is deeply buried by the rubbish of a legion of passing strangers, renters with no pride of ownership or a will to improve their surroundings.

Cold fear spiraled through her.

Maybe her fear of her father was wrong.

For the first time since he began his sick games, Jenn felt genuine fear trickle through her.

The creatures drew back at once, being filled with fear and horror; for such as dreadful thing as a fire they had never before known in all the history of their wooden land.

They are resting there for the night and have no fear of danger from us.

We fear it, frankly, because we do not understand it.

All those who have swallowed their pride and endured an injustice out of fear of losing their job, or have compromised their values for the same reason, or have worked for a morally dubious company out of fear of being unemployed, know this to be true.

An impish fear clutched my hand, so that I could not write any more that day.

I fear that it may enjoy a certain health of its own; that we may be well, yet not pure.

I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extra-vagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limits of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced.

With those about him, from his daughter to his serfs, the prince was sharp and invariably exacting, so that without being a hardhearted man he inspired such fear and respect as few hardhearted men would have aroused.

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