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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfear for
he/she/itfears for
present participlefearing for
past tensefeared for
past participlefeared for

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  1. fear for someone/something to feel worried about someone or something because you think something bad may happen to them or has happened to them

    Police now fear for the children, who have not yet been found.

    He fears for the future of the restaurant if customer numbers continue to fall.

    fear for someone's life:

    Hundreds of innocent civilians fear for their lives.

    fear for someone's safety:

    I fear greatly for their safety.

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