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fear meaning

EN[fiə] [fɪəɹ] [fɪɹ] [-ɪə(ɹ)]
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WFear
  • Fear is an emotion induced by a threat perceived by living entities, which causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behavior, such as running away, hiding or freezing from traumatic events.
  • In humans and animals, fear is modulated by the process of cognition and learning. Thus fear is judged as rational or appropriate and irrational or inappropriate. An irrational fear is called a phobia.
  • Psychologists such as John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that there is only a small set of basic or innate emotions and that fear is one of them.
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    Definition of fear in English Dictionary

  • NounPLfears
    1. NU A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.
      1. He was struck by fear on seeing the snake. ‎
    2. NC A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone.
      1. Not everybody has the same fears.  I have a fear of ants. ‎
    3. NU Terrified veneration or reverence, particularly towards God, gods, or sovereigns.
    4. VerbSGfearsPRfearingPT, PPfeared
      1. OBS VT To cause fear to; to frighten.
        1. VT To feel fear about (something); to be afraid of; to consider or expect with alarm.
          1. I fear the worst will happen.  I fear for their safety. ‎
        2. VT To venerate; to feel awe towards.
          1. People who fear God can be found in Christian churches. ‎
        3. VT Regret.
          1. I fear [regret that] I have bad news for you: your husband has died. ‎
        4. OBS To be anxious or solicitous for.
          1. OBS To suspect; to doubt.
          2. AdjectiveCOMmore fearSUPmost fear
            1. (dialectal) Able; capable; stout; strong; sound.
              1. hale and fear
          3. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • I fear I am going to fail my exams because I have not done a stroke of work this semester.
              • His visa to live in Australia had been revoked, but he could not be refouled to Afghanistan because he faced a “well-founded fear of persecution” there.
              • But Sunderland fans fearing the worst finally had something to cheer when in the fourth of five minutes of stoppage time Gyan stood at the right place at the right time.
            2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
              • Fear of foreigners runs through that country at all levels of its society.
              • Fears of speculative attack on the Hong Kong dollar and Chinese Yuan also remerged.
            3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • All our fears have come to pass, we are doomed but have nothing left to fear.
              • We're expected to just do it at the drop of a hat - At last at a drop of a hat I faced my fears.
              • [ … ] Gov. Eliot Spitzer has made New York the latest state to travel down a murky legal road, to a place where laws are made not in response to facts, but to wishfulness and fear.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Adjectives
              • Nouns
                • Abstract nouns
                  • Countable nouns
                    • Singularia tantum
                      • Uncountable nouns
                    • Verbs
                      • Transitive verbs
                    Related Links:
                    1. en feared
                    2. en fears
                    3. en fearful
                    4. en fearless
                    5. en fearfully
                    Source: Wiktionary
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                    Meaning of fear for the defined word.

                    Grammatically, this word "fear" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, an abstract noun, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
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