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fear vb. (1 was the orig. meaning of the vb. in Anglo-Saxon; 2 is now used only intr.)
1. to frighten, scare Meas. II. i. 2 “a scarecrow . . . to the birds of prey,” Shr. I. ii. 214 “ boys with bugs,” 3H6 V. ii. 2 “Warwick was a bug that f-'d us all,” Lr. III. v. 4 “How . . . I may be censured, . . . something fears me to think of.”
2. to be apprehensive or concerned about, (hence) mistrust, doubt Wiv. IV. iv. 80, Err. IV. iv. 1 “ me not, man; I will not break away,” Ado III. i. 31 “ you not my part of the dialogue,” Shr. IV. iv. 10, R3 I. i. 137 “his physicians him mightily,” Cor. III. ii. 126, Ham. IV. v. 122.
3. to be afraid “of” Sonn. cxv. 9.
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