fear for

fear for
ˈfear for [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they fear for he/she/it fears for present participle fearing for past tense feared for past participle feared for] phrasal verb
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.

Thesaurus: to worry or feel nervous about somethingsynonym
Main entry: fear

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fear for [phrasal verb]
fear for (something or someone) : to feel concern for (something or someone) : to worry about (something or someone)

They feared for their lives [=they were afraid that they might be killed] as they felt the first trembles of the earthquake.

She feared for her husband's safety. [=she worried that her husband might not be safe]

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Main Entry:fear

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • fear for — Fear Fear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feared} (f[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fearing}.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid, AS. f[=ae]ran to terrify. See {Fear}, n.] 1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fear for — a feeling of anxiety regarding. → fear fear for feel anxiety on behalf of. → fear …   English new terms dictionary

  • fear for — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fear for : present tense I/you/we/they fear for he/she/it fears for present participle fearing for past tense feared for past participle feared for fear for someone/something to feel worried about someone or… …   English dictionary

  • fear for — phr verb Fear for is used with these nouns as the object: ↑safety, ↑sanity …   Collocations dictionary

  • fear for somebody — ˈfear for sb/sth derived to be worried about sb/sth • We fear for his safety. • He feared for his mother, left alone on the farm. Main entry: ↑fearderived …   Useful english dictionary

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  • ˈfear for sb/sth — phrasal verb to feel worried about someone or something because you think that something bad may happen I fear greatly for their safety.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • fear for — Syn: worry about, feel anxious about, feel concerned about, have anxieties about …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • Fear — Fear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feared} (f[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fearing}.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid, AS. f[=ae]ran to terrify. See {Fear}, n.] 1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fear — /fear/, n. 1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. 2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of… …   Universalium

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