fear verb definition in Fear topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


 verb: Fear topic
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. 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. 3 I 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.’