From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishworryingwor‧ry‧ing /ˈwʌri-ɪŋ $ ˈwɜː-/ ●●○S3 adjective 🔊 🔊 WORRIEDsomething that is worrying makes you feel anxious or worried 🔊 The situation is extremely worrying. 🔊 This is a worrying development for small businesses. 🔊 It’s been a worrying few weeks for us all. —worryingly adverb 🔊 Levels of some pollutants are worryingly high.
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worrying• The possibility that I might lose my job is very worrying.• The fact that everybody around me looked and sounded completely different from myself was worrying and disconcerting.• Certain situations may be particularly worrying for nurses new to the surgicalward.• She says it's so worrying, I just don't know what to do.• But when it got seriously worrying I went to my doctor.• a worryingrise in crime• The most worrying thing is that she won't eat.• It must have been a worrying time for you.• a worryingupsurge in violence