• To feel fear about (something or someone); to be afraid of; to consider or expect with alarm.
  • To feel fear (about something).
  • To worry about, to feel concern for, to be afraid for.
  • To venerate; to feel awe towards.
  • To regret.
  • To cause fear to; to frighten.
  • To be anxious or solicitous for.
  • To suspect; to doubt.



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  • From Middle English feer, fere, fer, from Old English fǣr, ġefǣr, from Proto-Germanic *fērō, *fērą, from Proto-Indo-European *per-. Cognate with Dutch gevaar, German Gefahr, Swedish fara, Latin perīculum, Albanian frikë, Romanian frică.
  • The verb is from Middle English feren, from Old English fǣran, from the noun. Cognate with the archaic Dutch verb varen.
  • From Middle English fere, feore, from Old English fēre, from Proto-Germanic *fōriz, from Proto-Indo-European *per-. Cognate with Scots fere, feir, Middle High German gevüere, Swedish för, Icelandic færr. Related to fare.

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