fear: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fēr), [key]
— 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 heights.
  3. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone's safety.
  4. reverential awe, esp. toward God.
  5. that which causes a feeling of being afraid; that of which a person is afraid: Cancer is a common fear.
  1. to regard with fear; be afraid of.
  2. to have reverential awe of.
  3. to experience fear in (oneself&hasp;).
  1. to have fear; be afraid.


Pronunciation: (fēr), [key]
— n.
  1. a river in SE North Carolina. 202 mi. (325 km) long.
  2. a cape at its mouth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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