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fear

[fɪ͟ə(r)]

fears, fearing, feared

  1. N-VAR: oft N of n/-ing Fear is the unpleasant feeling you have when you think that you are in danger.

  2. VERB If you fear someone or something, you are frightened because you think that they will harm you.

  3. N-VAR: with supp, oft N of n/-ing, N that A fear is a thought that something unpleasant might happen or might have happened.

  4. VERB If you fear something unpleasant or undesirable, you are worried that it might happen or might have happened.

  5. N-VAR: oft N that, N of n/-ing If you say that there is a fear that something unpleasant or undesirable will happen, you mean that you think it is possible or likely.

  6. VERB If you fear for someone or something, you are very worried because you think that they might be in danger.

  7. N-VAR: N for n If you have fears for someone or something, you are very worried because you think that they might be in danger.

  8. VERB If you fear to do something, you are afraid to do it or you do not wish to do it.

  9. VERB You say that you fear that a situation is the case when the situation is unpleasant or undesirable, and when you want to express sympathy, sorrow, or regret about it. [FORMAL]

  10. PHRASE: PHR n/-ing, usu v-link PHR, PHR after v If you are in fear of doing or experiencing something unpleasant or undesirable, you are very worried that you might have to do it or experience it.

  11. PHRASE: PHR n/-ing, PHR with cl If you take a particular course of action for fear of something, you take the action in order to prevent that thing happening.

  12. PHRASE: usu PHR with cl You say `fear not' or `never fear' to someone when you are telling them not to worry or be frightened. [OLD-FASHIONED]

  13. CONVENTION (emphasis) You use `no fear' to emphasize that you do not want to do something. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

  14. PHRASE: V inflects If someone or something puts the fear of God into you, they frighten or worry you, often deliberately.

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fɪ͟ə(r)oft N of n/-ing Fear is the unpleasant feeling you have when you think that you are in danger.Examples

I was sitting on the floor shivering with fear because a bullet had been fired through a window.
...boyhood memories of sickness and fear of the dark...
London Zoo is running hypnosis programmes to help people overcome their fear of spiders.

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fear

noun
SingularPlural
Common casefearfears
Possessive casefear'sfears'

fear

verb
Basic forms
Pastfeared
Imperativefear
Present Participle (Participle I)fearing
Past Participle (Participle II)feared
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I fearwe fear
you fearyou fear
he/she/it fearsthey fear
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am fearingwe are fearing
you are fearingyou are fearing
he/she/it is fearingthey are fearing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have fearedwe have feared
you have fearedyou have feared
he/she/it has fearedthey have feared
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been fearingwe have been fearing
you have been fearingyou have been fearing
he/she/it has been fearingthey have been fearing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I fearedwe feared
you fearedyou feared
he/she/it fearedthey feared
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was fearingwe were fearing
you were fearingyou were fearing
he/she/it was fearingthey were fearing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had fearedwe had feared
you had fearedyou had feared
he/she/it had fearedthey had feared
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been fearingwe had been fearing
you had been fearingyou had been fearing
he/she/it had been fearingthey had been fearing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will fearwe shall/will fear
you will fearyou will fear
he/she/it will fearthey will fear
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be fearingwe shall/will be fearing
you will be fearingyou will be fearing
he/she/it will be fearingthey will be fearing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have fearedwe shall/will have feared
you will have fearedyou will have feared
he/she/it will have fearedthey will have feared
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been fearingwe shall/will have been fearing
you will have been fearingyou will have been fearing
he/she/it will have been fearingthey will have been fearing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would fearwe should/would fear
you would fearyou would fear
he/she/it would fearthey would fear
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be fearingwe should/would be fearing
you would be fearingyou would be fearing
he/she/it would be fearingthey would be fearing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have fearedwe should/would have feared
you would have fearedyou would have feared
he/she/it would have fearedthey would have feared
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been fearingwe should/would have been fearing
you would have been fearingyou would have been fearing
he/she/it would have been fearingthey would have been fearing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am fearedwe are feared
you are fearedyou are feared
he/she/it is fearedthey are feared
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being fearedwe are being feared
you are being fearedyou are being feared
he/she/it is being fearedthey are being feared
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been fearedwe have been feared
you have been fearedyou have been feared
he/she/it has been fearedthey have been feared
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was fearedwe were feared
you were fearedyou were feared
he/she/it was fearedthey were feared
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being fearedwe were being feared
you were being fearedyou were being feared
he/she/it was being fearedthey were being feared
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been fearedwe had been feared
you had been fearedyou had been feared
he/she/it had been fearedthey had been feared
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be fearedwe shall/will be feared
you will be fearedyou will be feared
he/she/it will be fearedthey will be feared
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been fearedwe shall/will have been feared
you will have been fearedyou will have been feared
he/she/it will have been fearedthey will have been feared