• (dialectal) Able; capable; stout; strong; sound.

    "hale and fear"


  • ​(uncountable) A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.

    "He was struck by fear on seeing the snake."

  • (uncountable) Extreme veneration or awe, as toward a supreme being or deity.
  • (countable) A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone.

    "Not everybody has the same fears.  I have a fear of ants."


  • (obsolete, transitive) To cause fear to; to frighten.
  • (transitive) Regret.

    "I fear [regret that] I have bad news for you: your husband has died."

  • (transitive) To venerate; to feel awe towards.

    "People who fear God can be found in Christian churches."

  • (obsolete) To suspect; to doubt.
  • ​(transitive) To feel fear about (something); to be afraid of; to consider or expect with alarm.

    "I fear the worst will happen.  I fear for their safety."

  • (obsolete) To be anxious or solicitous for.

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