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Dictionary definition for: Fear

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

2. (v) be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event; "I fear she might get aggressive"

3. (n) an anxious feeling; "care had aged him" "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"

4. (v) be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the winters in Moscow" "We should not fear the Communists!"

5. (n) a profound emotion inspired by a deity; "the fear of God"

6. (v) be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement; "I fear I won''t make it to your wedding party"

7. (v) be uneasy or apprehensive about; "I fear the results of the final exams"

8. (v) regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of; "Fear God as your father" "We venerate genius"

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