WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: fear, afraid, frightenedfear (noun) is the feeling of being afraid. Do not say that you 'have fear'. Use be afraid or be frightened• My whole body was paralysed with fear. • She was suddenly very afraid. • We were too frightened to speak.The verb to fearis used mainly in literature or newspapers, and not usually in speech• She feared that he would not be found alive.• Fearing more riots, the government made concessions.It is more usual to say that someone is afraid or is frightened• My parents are afraid that I'll get involved with drugs. • People were frightened of being mugged. ➔ See alsofear
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.