Translation of fear in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /fɪr; fɪə(r)/


  • 1 u and c (apprehension) miedo (masculine), temor (masculine) she knows no fear no sabe lo que es el miedo fear of death/heights miedo a la muerte/las alturas fear of falling/flying miedo de or a caerse/volar her fears proved to be unfounded sus temores resultaron ser infundados plagued by doubt(s) and fear(s) lleno de dudas y temores my worst fears came true pasó lo que más me temíafear for sb/sth her fear s for her children/safety were understandable era comprensible que tuviera miedo por sus hijos/su seguridad fears for the missing climbers are growing se teme cada vez más por la vida de los montañistas desaparecidos to go o be in fear of sb/sth [formal] vivir atemorizado por algn/algo to go o be in fear of one's life temer por su ( or mi etc) vida in fear and trembling [literary/literario] atemorizado, lleno de miedo she wouldn't touch it for fear of breaking it no quería tocarlo por miedo or temor de or a romperlo she refused for fear (that) she might be found out se negó por miedo a que la descubrieran have no fear [archaic or hum] pierde ( or pierda etc) cuidado without fear or favor [formal] con imparcialidad
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    • The newspapers have been responsibly restrained in their editorials which reflect the growing fears and safety concerns of the citizenry.
    • The union insists the dispute concerns health and safety fears.
    • He does, however, see an opportunity for brands to provide consumers with comfort and relief from the anxieties caused by safety fears.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (risk, chance, likelihood) there's little fear of me getting caught hay muy pocas posibilidades de que me agarren or (especially Spain/especialmente España) de que me cojan there's no fear of that happening no hay peligro de que eso ocurra no fear! (as interjection/como interjección) [colloquial/familiar] want to try parachuting? — no fear! ¿quieres probar a hacer paracaidismo? — ¡ni loco! or ¡ni muerto!
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    • Is it right for society to live in fear and risk the chance of another murder?
    • I have a terrible fear of loss, I have a terrible fear of the unexpected happening.
    • All the time I'm either in fear of what will happen, or I think I ought to be afraid, but this morning I felt strong and resolute.
  • 3 (awe) temor (masculine) the fear of God el temor de Dios to put the fear of God into sb asustar muchísimo a algn
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    • The Table is a place of feasting and refreshment, but also a place of mystery tinged with reverent fear.
    • At the centre of it all is a shallow self-centred consumerism, coupled with a debilitating absence of fear and reverence for God.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (be afraid of, dread) [consequences/death/person] temer, tenerle* miedo a to fear the worst temer(se) lo peor we fear that she might be seriously hurt tememos que esté gravemente herida he was feared dead se temía que hubiera muerto you have/there is nothing to fear no tienes/no hay nada que temer 1.2 (think, suspect) to fear (that) temerse que I fear we've lost our way (mucho) me temo que nos hemos perdido it's feared he may have been murdered se teme que lo hayan asesinado I fear so/not me temo que sí/no
  • 2 (revere) [archaic] [God] temer

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

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