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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feer]
    • /fɪər/
    • /fɪə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feer]
    • /fɪər/

Definitions of fear word

  • noun fear a river in SE North Carolina. 202 miles (325 km) long. 1
  • noun fear Cape, a cape at its mouth. 1
  • verb with object fear to regard with fear; be afraid of. Synonyms: apprehend, dread. 1
  • verb with object fear to have reverential awe of. Synonyms: revere, venerate, honor. 1
  • verb with object fear to consider or anticipate (something unpleasant) with a feeling of dread or alarm: It's about to snow again, I fear. 1
  • verb with object fear Archaic. to experience fear in (oneself): I fear me he will ne'er forgive us. 1

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Origin of fear

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fere, Old English fær sudden attack or danger; cognate with Old Saxon fār ambush, Dutch gevaar, German Gefahr danger, Old Norse fār disaster

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Parts of speech for Fear


fear popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fear usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fear

noun fear

  • dismay — to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt: The surprise attack dismayed the enemy.
  • anxiety — Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness or worry.
  • angst — Angst is a feeling of anxiety and worry.
  • horror — an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear: to shrink back from a mutilated corpse in horror.
  • unease — not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.

verb fear

  • foresee — to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
  • avoid — If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
  • suspect — to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof: to suspect a person of murder.
  • shun — to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
  • anticipate — If you anticipate an event, you realize in advance that it may happen and you are prepared for it.

Antonyms for fear

noun fear

  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.
  • calmness — without rough motion; still or nearly still: a calm sea.
  • contentment — Contentment is a feeling of quiet happiness and satisfaction.
  • joy — a female given name.
  • liking — Usually, likes. the things a person likes: a long list of likes and dislikes.

verb fear

  • stretch — to draw out or extend (oneself, a body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent (often followed by out): to stretch oneself out on the ground.
  • brave — Someone who is brave is willing to do things which are dangerous, and does not show fear in difficult or dangerous situations.
  • face — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
  • meet — greatest lower bound
  • want — to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.

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