(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (dialectal) Able; capable; stout; strong; sound.

- hale and fear


1. an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

Similar word(s): fearfulness, fright

Definition categories: feeling, emotion

2. an anxious feeling

- they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction

Similar word(s): care, concern

Definition categories: feeling, anxiety

3. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

- the fear of God

Similar word(s): awe, reverence, veneration

Definition categories: feeling, emotion

Sentences with fear as a noun:

- He was struck by fear on seeing the snake.

- Not everybody has the same fears.  I have a fear of ants.


1. be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event

- I fear she might get aggressive

Definition categories: emotion, worry

2. be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

- I fear the winters in Moscow

- We should not fear the Communists!

Similar word(s): dread

Definition categories: emotion

3. be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement

- I fear I won't make it to your wedding party

Definition categories: emotion, regret

4. be uneasy or apprehensive about

- I fear the results of the final exams

Definition categories: emotion

5. regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

- Fear God as your father

Similar word(s): revere, reverence, venerate

Definition categories: emotion, esteem, prise, prize, respect, value

Sentences with fear as a verb:

- I fear the worst will happen.  I fear for their safety.

- People who fear God can be found in Christian churches.

- I fear [regret that] I have bad news for you: your husband has died.