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Synonyms of worry in English:


  • 1 she worries about his blood pressure
    fret, be worried, be concerned, be anxious, agonize, brood, dwell on, panic, get in a panic, lose sleep, get worked up, get in a fluster, get overwrought, be on tenterhooks
    informal have butterflies in one's stomach, get stressed, get in a flap, get in a state, get in a tizz/tizzy, get in a sweat, sweat, get steamed up, get in a lather, stew, torture oneself, torment oneself
    British informal be in a blue funk
  • 2 I can see that something is worrying you
    trouble, bother, cause anxiety, make anxious, disturb, distress, upset, concern, disquiet, discompose, fret, agitate, unsettle, perturb, frighten, alarm, scare, fluster, flurry, stress, strain, tax, harass, torment, plague, bedevil, besiege, irk, vex;
    prey on one's mind, weigh heavily on one's mind, weigh down, oppress, burden, be a great weight on, lie heavy on, gnaw at
    North American informal mess with someone's head
  • 3 a dog was worrying his sheep
    attack, savage, maul, mutilate, mangle, go for, tear at, tear to pieces, claw, bite, gnaw at, lacerate, shake, pull at;
    molest, torment, persecute
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  • 2 the rats are a worry because they can contaminate food
    problem, cause for concern;
    nuisance, pest, plague, trial, tribulation, trouble, irritation, irritant, vexation, bane, bugbear, thorn in one's flesh/side, burden, cross, cross to bear
    informal pain, pain in the neck, headache, hassle, stress
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