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fear (fɪə)
 
n
1.  a feeling of distress, apprehension, or alarm caused by impending danger, pain, etc
2.  a cause of this feeling
3.  awe; reverence: fear of God
4.  concern; anxiety
5.  possibility; chance: there is no fear of that happening
6.  for fear of, for fear that, for fear lest to forestall or avoid
7.  no fear certainly not
8.  put the fear of God into to frighten
 
vb (foll by for)
9.  to be afraid (to do something) or of (a person or thing); dread
10.  (tr) to revere; respect
11.  (tr; takes a clause as object) to be sorry: used to lessen the effect of an unpleasant statement: I fear that you have not won
12.  to feel anxiety about something
13.  an archaic word for frighten
 
[Old English fǣr; related to Old High German fāra, Old Norse fār hostility, Latin perīculum danger]
 
'fearer
 
n
 
'fearless
 
adj
 
'fearlessly
 
adv
 
'fearlessness
 
n

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fear
O.E. fær "danger, peril," from P.Gmc. *færa (cf. O.S. far "ambush," O.N. far "harm, distress, deception," Ger. Gefahr "danger"), from PIE base *per- "to try, risk, come over, go through" (perhaps connected with Gk. peira "trial, attempt, experience," L. periculum "trial, risk, danger"). Sense
of "uneasiness caused by possible danger" developed late 12c. The verb is from O.E. færan "terrify, frighten," originally transitive (sense preserved in archaic I fear me). Sense of "feel fear" is late 14c. Related: Feared; fearing. O.E. words for "fear" as we now use it were ege, fyrhto; as a verb, ondrædan.
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Medical Dictionary

fear (fēr)
n.
A feeling of agitation and dread caused by the presence or imminence of danger.

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