- 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 verbto 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 somethingsynonymMain entry: fear
* * *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]• • •Main Entry: ↑fear
Useful english dictionary. 2012.