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worry

wor·ry

worry

 
 
pronunciation:
wuhr i
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: worried, worries, worrying
definition 1: to feel anxious, troubled, or uneasy.
Maya's mother worried about her when she was so sick.
synonyms:
fret
similar words:
brood, care, despair, dread, fidget, fluster, stew
definition 2: to cause to feel troubled or anxious.
He worried his parents by staying out so late.
synonyms:
concern, distress, disturb, trouble
similar words:
agitate, bother, dismay, distract, fluster, fret, nag, upset
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the activity of worrying.
Worry won't fix anything.
synonyms:
fretting
similar words:
brooding, fidgeting
definition 2: the state of being worried; concern.
She said she was fine, but her worry was easy to see.
synonyms:
anxiety, apprehension, care, concern, nervousness
antonyms:
ease
similar words:
anguish, distress, dread, fear, torment
definition 3: a cause of troubled or anxious feelings.
Please try to forget your worries for a while.
synonyms:
trouble
similar words:
bother, care, concern, difficulty, distress, dread, fear, headache, plague, problem, torment, woe
derivations: worried (adj.), worryingly (adv.), worrier (n.)
Word History
In Old English, worry meant "to strangle." In the English spoken later, in the 1500s, "worry" meant "to treat roughly." The sense of "to annoy or bother" was first used in 1671.
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  • worried:
    feeling worry.
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