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Definition of fear verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    fear

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fear
    BrE BrE//fɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪr//
     
    he / she / it fears
    BrE BrE//fɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪrz//
     
    past simple feared
    BrE BrE//fɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪrd//
     
    past participle feared
    BrE BrE//fɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪrd//
     
    -ing form fearing
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪrɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to be frightened of somebody/something or frightened of doing something fear somebody/something All his employees fear him. to fear death/persecution/the unknown Everyone feared the coming war. Don't worry, you have nothing to fear from us. fear to do something (formal) She feared to tell him the truth. fear doing something (formal) She feared going out at night. See related entries: Fear
  2. 2  [transitive, intransitive] to feel that something bad might have happened or might happen in the future fear something She has been missing for three days now and police are beginning to fear the worst (= think that she is dead). fear somebody/something + adj. Hundreds of people are feared dead. be feared to be/have something Women and children are feared to be among the victims. it is feared (that)… It is feared (that) he may have been kidnapped. fear (that)… She feared (that) he might be dead. Never fear/Fear not(= Don’t worry), I shall return. See related entries: Fear
  3. 3I fear [intransitive] (formal) used to tell somebody that you think that something bad has happened or is true They are unlikely to get here on time, I fear. ‘He must be dead then?’ ‘I fear so.’ ‘She's not coming back?’ ‘I fear not.’ See related entries: Fear
  4. Word Origin Old English fǣr ‘calamity, danger’, fǣran ‘frighten’, also ‘revere’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gevaar and German Gefahr ‘danger’.Extra examples Everyone rightly feared the coming war. He learned to fear and respect this force of nature. I have reason to fear that you might abuse your power. I really feared that this might be the end. This disease is greatly feared. We feared for their safety. You have nothing to fear from him. Don’t worry, you have nothing to fear from us. Never fear/​Fear not , I shall return. She has been missing for three days now and police are beginning to fear the worst. to fear death/​danger/​persecution Phrasal Verbsfear for somebody
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