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noun fear pronunciation in British English /fɪə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the feeling that you have when you are frightened
    Edward knew it was dangerous, but he felt no fear.
    fear of: She eventually managed to overcome her fear of the dark.
    in fear: Martin screamed in fear.
    be filled with fear: I was suddenly filled with fear.
    shake/tremble with fear: She was shaking with fear.
  2. 2
    [countable] something bad or unpleasant that you are afraid might happen
    A meeting was set up to try to allay workers’ fears.
    fear about: There are fears about the safety of the nuclear plant.
    fear of: This latest case has raised fears of an epidemic.
    fear for: He expressed fears for his missing wife’s safety.
    fear that: Sandbags were placed along the shore amid fears that the lake would overflow.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the possibility that something bad will happen
    fear of: There’s no fear of becoming bored in a place like this.
    fear (that): I don’t think there’s any fear that that will happen.



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