- (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.