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verb     worry pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleworrying
past tenseworried
past participleworried
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to feel nervous and upset because you keep thinking about a problem that you have or could have in the future

    Try not to worry so much.

    worry about:

    People worry more about their health than they used to.

    worry that:

    She worried that she might have taken on too much work.

    nothing to worry about:

    If companies are following the rules, they’ve got nothing to worry about.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone feel nervous and upset

      What worries me most is the possibility of complete failure.

      worry yourself about something:

      Tell them not to worry themselves about the financial position.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if a dog worries sheep or other animals, it attacks or chases them

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