Definition of worried adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwʌrid//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrid//
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  • thinking about unpleasant things that have happened or that might happen and therefore feeling unhappy and afraid Don't look so worried! worried about somebody/something I'm not worried about her—she can take care of herself. Doctors are worried about the possible spread of the disease. worried by something We're not too worried by these results. worried (that…) The police are worried that the man may be armed. I was worried you wouldn't come. Where have you been? I've been worried sick (= extremely worried). Try not to get worried. She gave me a worried look. Synonymsworriedconcerned nervous anxious uneasyThese words all describe feeling unhappy and afraid because you are thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or might have happened.worried thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or might have happened and therefore feeling unhappy and afraidconcerned worried and feeling concern about somethingworried or concerned?Concerned is usually used when you are talking about a problem that affects another person, society, the world, etc, while worried can be used for this or for more personal matters.nervous feeling worried about something or slightly afraid of somethinganxious feeling worried or nervous about somethingworried, nervous or anxious?Worried is the most frequent word to describe how you feel when you are thinking about a problem or something bad that might happen. Anxious can describe a stronger feeling and is more formal. Nervous is more often used to describe how you feel before you do something very important such as an exam or an interview, or something unpleasant or difficult. Nervous can describe somebody’s personality:a very nervous girl is often or usually nervous; a worried girl is worried on a particular occasion or about a particular thing. Worried describes her feelings, not her personality. Anxious may describe feelings or personality.uneasy feeling worried or unhappy about a particular situation, especially because you think something bad may happen or because you are not sure that what you are doing is rightPatterns worried/​concerned/​nervous/​anxious/​uneasy about (doing) something worried/​concerned/​anxious for somebody/​something worried/​concerned/​nervous/​anxious that… a(n) worried/​concerned/​nervous/​anxious/​uneasy expression/​look/​smile to get worried/​nervous/​anxious See related entries: Nervous
  • Extra examples Citizens in inner-city areas are desperately worried and rightly so. I started to get worried when they didn’t arrive home. She was worried sick about her son. We were really worried about you! Don’t look so worried! I was worried (that) I would fail the exam. I’m not worried about her—she can take care of herself. Where have you been? I’ve been worried sick.Idioms (informal) used to tell somebody that you were worried because you had not understood what they had said correctly You had me worried for a moment—I thought you were going to resign! See related entries: Nervous
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: worried