1. [ verb ] be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
Synonyms: fear

"I fear the winters in Moscow" "We should not fear the Communists!"

Related terms: panic fear apprehension
2. [ noun ] fearful expectation or anticipation
Synonyms: apprehension apprehensiveness

: "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

Related terms: fear suspense foreboding gloom trepidation chill fear
3. [ adjective ] causing fear or dread or terror
Synonyms: terrible frightening dreadful awful fearful horrendous horrific dreaded fearsome direful dire

"the awful war" "an awful risk" "dire news" "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked" "the dread presence of the headmaster" "a dreaded disease" "a dreadful storm" "a fearful howling"

Related terms: alarming
Similar spelling:   dryad