fear meaning

EN[fiə] [fɪəɹ] [fɪɹ] [-ɪə(ɹ)]
  • 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.

    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 almost fear you think I begged it, but I can disculpate myself. — Walpole.
              • The vote also stoked fears that Swiss citizens were reflecting the zeitgeist across Europe, …
              • Seeing this happen equally evokes fear and anger in me.
            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
              • [ … ] 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.
              • 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.
              • All our fears have come to pass, we are doomed but have nothing left to fear.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Adjectives
              • Nouns
                • Abstract nouns
                  • Countable nouns
                    • Singularia tantum
                      • Uncountable nouns
                    • Verbs
                      • Transitive verbs
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                    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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