Definition of fear noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

fear

 noun
noun
NAmE//fɪr//
 
[uncountable, countable]
 
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  •  the bad feeling that you have when you are in danger, when something bad might happen, or when a particular thing frightens you Her eyes showed no fear. The child was shaking with fear. fear (of somebody/something) (a) fear of the dark/spiders/flying, etc. We lived in constant fear of losing our jobs. fear (for somebody/something) her fears for her son's safety Alan spoke of his fears for the future. fear (that…) the fear that he had cancer The doctor's report confirmed our worst fears.
  • Thesaurusfearterror panic alarm frightThese are all words for the bad feeling you have when you are afraid.fear the bad feeling that you have when you are in danger, when something bad might happen, or when a particular thing frightens you:(a) fear of flying She showed no fear.terror a feeling of extreme fear:His eyes were wild with terror.panic a sudden feeling of great fear that cannot be controlled and prevents you from thinking clearly:I had a sudden moment of panic.alarm fear or worry that someone feels when something dangerous or unpleasant might happen:The doctor said there was no cause for alarm.fright a feeling of fear, usually sudden:I cried out in fright.fear or fright?Fright is a reaction to something that has just happened or is happening now. Use fear, but not fright, to talk about things that always frighten you and things that may happen in the future:I have a fright of spiders. his fright of what might happenPatterns a fear/terror of something in fear/terror/panic/alarm/fright fear/terror/panic/alarm that… to be filled with fear/terror/panic/alarm a feeling of fear/terror/panic/alarmIdioms
    for fear of something/of doing something,for fear (that)…
     
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    to avoid the danger of something happening We spoke quietly for fear of waking the guards. I had to run away for fear (that) he might one day kill me.
    in fear of/for your life
     
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    feeling frightened that you might be killed
    put the fear of God into somebody
     
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    to make someone very frightened, especially in order to make them do something
    without fear or favor(formal)
     
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    in a fair way They undertook to make their judgment without fear or favor.
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