|Origin:||wyrgan 'to strangle'|
wor‧ry1 S1 W2 past tense and past participle worried, present participle worrying, third person singular worries
to be anxious or unhappy about someone or something, so that you think about them a lot
I worry about my daughter.
You've really got no need to worry about your weight.
She worried that she wasn't doing enough to help.
Dad worries over the slightest thing.
Don't tell Mum about this - she's got enough to worry about (=she already has a lot of problems or is very busy).
used when you are trying to make someone feel less anxious:
Don't worry, darling, Daddy's here.
don't worry if
Don't worry if you can't finish all the questions.
used to tell someone that they do not need to do something
don't worry about
Don't worry about sorting them out - I'll do it later.
used to tell someone that you will definitely do something:
Don't you worry, I'll make sure he does his fair share.
to make someone feel anxious about something:
make somebody anxious[transitive]
The recent changes in the Earth's climate are beginning to worry scientists.
I didn't tell Mum and Dad - I didn't want to worry them.
what worries me is .../the (only) thing that worries me is ...
The only thing that worries me is the food. I don't want to get food poisoning.
Doesn't it worry you that Sarah spends so much time away from home?
worry yourself (=feel anxious, especially when there is no need to)
You're worrying yourself unnecessarily.
4 British English spoken
used to say that something is not important:
Not to worry, we can always go another time.
used to tell someone that something is not as serious or difficult as they think:
It's just a check-up - nothing to worry about.
to annoy someone [= bother]:
The heat didn't seem to worry him.
if a dog worries sheep, it tries to bite or kill them
worry at something/somebodyphrasal verb
if an animal worries at a bone or piece of meat, it bites and shakes it
if you worry at a problem, you think about it a lot in order to find a solution