1. [ noun ] an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
Synonyms: fright fearfulness
Related terms: fearlessness emotion panic horror alarm apprehension frisson hysteria timidity awe scare creeps intimidation stage_fright cold_sweat frighten afraid unafraid
2. [ verb ] be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event

"I fear she might get aggressive"

Related terms: worry concern
3. [ verb ] be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
Synonyms: dread

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

Related terms: panic apprehension
4. [ noun ] an anxious feeling
Synonyms: concern care

"care had aged him" "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"

Related terms: anxiety concern
5. [ verb ] be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement

: "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"

Related terms: regret
6. [ noun ] (religion) a profound emotion inspired by a deity
Synonyms: reverence veneration awe

"the fear of God"

Related terms: emotion reverence
7. [ verb ] be uneasy or apprehensive about

"I fear the results of the final exams"

Related terms: concern
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 25619
9. [ verb ] (religion) regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
Synonyms: revere venerate reverence

"Fear God as your father" "We venerate genius"

Related terms: respect worship enshrine awe reverence
Similar spelling:   fer