American English

Definition of worry verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they worry
    he / she / it worries
    past simple worried
    -ing form worrying
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  1. 1[intransitive] to keep thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or about problems that you have Don't worry. We have plenty of time. worry about somebody/something Don't worry about me. I'll be all right. He's always worrying about his weight. worry over somebody/something There's no point in worrying over things you can't change. worry (that)… I worry that I won't get into college.
  2. 2[transitive] to make someone/yourself anxious about someone or something worry somebody/yourself (about somebody/something) What worries me is how I am going to get another job. worry somebody/yourself + adj. (about somebody/something) He worried himself sick (= become extremely anxious) about his daughter. it worries somebody that… It worries me that he hasn't come home yet. it worries somebody to do something It worried me to think what might happen.
  3. 3[transitive] to annoy or disturb someone worry somebody The noise never seems to worry her. worry somebody with something Don't keep worrying him with a lot of silly questions.
  4. Idioms
    not to worry (informal)
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    it is not important; it does not matter Not to worry — I can fix it. Not to worry — no harm done.
    Phrasal Verbsworry at something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: worry