- fear1 [ fır ] noun ***1. ) uncount the feeling you have when you are frightened:Edward knew it was dangerous, but he felt no fear.fear of: She eventually managed to overcome her fear of the dark.live in fear (of) (=be afraid all the time): Many people live in fear of violence.in fear: Martin screamed in fear.be filled with fear: I was suddenly filled with fear.shake/tremble with fear: She was shaking with fear.2. ) count something bad or unpleasant that you are afraid might happen:A meeting was set up to try to allay workers' fears.fear about: There are fears about the safety of the nuclear plant.fear of: This latest case has raised fears of an epidemic.fear for: He expressed fears for his missing wife's safety.fear that: Sandbags were placed along the shore amid fears that the lake would overflow.3. ) count or uncount the possibility that something bad will happen:fear of: There's no fear of becoming bored in a place like this.fear (that): I don't think there's any fear that that will happen.for fear of (doing) something/for fear (that)in case you make something bad happen:I didn't tell Susan about our meeting for fear of upsetting her.Scientists reject a total ban for fear it will undermine efforts to stop the spread of malaria.put the fear of God into someone INFORMALto make someone feel very frightened=> STRIKE1fearfear 2 [ fır ] verb transitive ***1. ) to feel worried and afraid that something bad will happen or has already happened:The refugees fear persecution if they return to their own country.One person is still missing, feared dead.fear (that): Health experts fear that there may be a flu epidemic this winter.2. ) to feel afraid of someone or something because they might harm you:He was hated and feared by his colleagues.fear to do something: neighborhoods where police feared to gofear not OLD-FASHIONEDused for telling someone not to worryfear the worst (for)to feel worried that something very bad will happen or has already happened:They were very late, and I was beginning to fear the worst.Local shopkeepers fear the worst if the new supermarket is built.I fear (that)/so/not SPOKEN FORMALused for saying that you believe something bad has happened or might happen and that you are sad about it:I fear that we may never know what really happened.Will he help us? I fear not.=> NEVER`fear for phrasal verb transitivefear for someone/something to feel worried about someone or something because you think something bad may happen to them or has happened to them:The police now fear for the children, who have not yet been found.He fears for the future of the restaurant if customer numbers continue to fall.fear for someone's life: Hundreds of innocent civilians fear for their lives.fear for someone's safety: I fear greatly for their safety.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.