Definition of Fear

1. Noun. An emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight).

2. Verb. Be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event. "They fear that there was a traffic accident "; "I fear she might get aggressive"
Generic synonyms: Worry

3. Noun. An anxious feeling. "They hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
Exact synonyms: Care, Concern
Generic synonyms: Anxiety
Derivative terms: Care, Concern

4. Verb. Be afraid or scared of; be frightened of. "Sam cannot fear Sue "; "We should not fear the Communists!"
Exact synonyms: Dread
Specialized synonyms: Panic
Derivative terms: Dread

5. Noun. A feeling of profound respect for someone or something. "His respect for the law bordered on veneration"
Exact synonyms: Awe, Reverence, Veneration
Generic synonyms: Emotion
Derivative terms: Revere, Reverence, Reverent, Reverential, Venerate

6. Verb. Be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement. "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
Generic synonyms: Regret

7. Verb. Be uneasy or apprehensive about. "I fear the results of the final exams"

8. Verb. Regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of. "Sam cannot fear Sue "; "We venerate genius"
Exact synonyms: Revere, Reverence, Venerate
Generic synonyms: Esteem, Prise, Prize, Respect, Value
Specialized synonyms: Enshrine, Saint, Worship
Derivative terms: Reverence, Reverent, Reverent, Reverence, Reverence, Veneration, Venerator

Definition of Fear

1. n. A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion.

2. n. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.

3. v. t. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude.

4. v. i. To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.

Definition of Fear

1. Noun. A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat. ¹

2. Noun. A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone. ¹

3. Noun. Extreme veneration or awe, as toward a supreme being or deity. ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To cause fear to; to frighten. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To feel fear about (something). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To venerate; to feel awe towards. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) Regret ¹

8. Adjective. (dialectal) Able; capable; stout; strong; sound. ¹

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Definition of Fear

1. to be afraid of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Fear

1. 1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread. The degrees of this passion, beginning with the most moderate, may be thus expressed, apprehension, fear, dread, fright, terror. "Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us." (Locke) "Where no hope is left, is left no fear." (Milton) 2. Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Belng. Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth. "I will put my fear in their hearts." (Jer. Xxxii. 40) "I will teach you the fear of the Lord." (Ps. Xxxiv. 11) "render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due . . . Fear to whom fear." (Rom. Xiii. 7) 3. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness. "There were they in great fear, where no fear was." (Ps. Liii. 5) "The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise." (Shak) For fear, in apprehension lest. "For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more." Origin: OE. Fer, feer, fere, AS. Fr a coming suddenly upon, fear, danger; akin to D. Vaar, OHG. Fara danger, G. Gefahr, Icel. Far harm, mischief, plague, and to E. Fare, peril. See Fare. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fear

feabane mullet
fear (current term)
fear and loathing
fear monger
fear mongers

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