To Fear. v.n.
- To live in horrour; to be afraid.
Well you may fear too far.
— Safer than trust too far:
Let me still take away the harms I fear,
Not fear still to be harm'd. Shakespeare's King Lear.
- To be anxious.
If any such be here, if any fear
Less for his person than an ill report;
If any think brave death outweighs bad life. Shak. Coriolan.
Then let the greedy merchant fear
For his ill-gotten gain;
And pray to gods that will not hear,
While the debating winds and billows bear
His wealth into the main. Dryden's Horace.
See, pious king, with diff'rent strife,
Thy struggling Albion's bosom torn:
So much she fears for William's life,
That Mary's fate she dare not morn. Prior.