fear for

fear for
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "fear for":
present tense I/you/we/they fear for he/she/it fears for present participle fearing for past tense feared for past participle feared for
fear for someone/something to feel worried about someone or something because you think something bad may happen to them or has happened to them

Police now fear for the children, who have not yet been found.

He fears for the future of the restaurant if customer numbers continue to fall.

fear for someone's life:

Hundreds of innocent civilians fear for their lives.

fear for someone's safety:

I fear greatly for their safety.


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