worry

[[t]wʌ̱ri, AM wɜ͟ːri[/t]]
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worries, worrying, worried
1) VERB If you worry, you keep thinking about problems that you have or about unpleasant things that might happen.

Don't worry, your luggage will come on afterwards by taxi...

[V about n/-ing] I worry about her constantly...

[V about n/-ing] I work in a school so I don't have to worry about finding someone to look after my little boy...

[V that] They worry that extremists might gain control.

2) VERB If someone or something worries you, they make you anxious because you keep thinking about problems or unpleasant things that might be connected with them.

[V n] I'm still in the early days of my recovery and that worries me...

[V n] `Why didn't you tell us?' - `I didn't want to worry you.'...

[V-ed] The English, worried by the growing power of Prince Henry, sent a raiding party to Scotland to kill him...

[it V n that/to-inf] Does it worry you that the Americans are discussing this?

3) VERB: oft with neg If someone or something does not worry you, you do not dislike them or you are not annoyed by them. [SPOKEN]

[V n] The cold doesn't worry me...

[it V n if] It wouldn't worry me if he came to my house, but I don't know if I would go out of my way to ask him.

Syn:
4) N-UNCOUNT Worry is the state or feeling of anxiety and unhappiness caused by the problems that you have or by thinking about unpleasant things that might happen.

The admission shows the depth of worry among the Tories over the state of the economy...

His last years were overshadowed by financial worry.

5) N-COUNT A worry is a problem that you keep thinking about and that makes you unhappy.

My main worry was that Madeleine Johnson would still be there...

The worry is that the use of force could make life impossible for the UN peacekeepers...

His wife Cheryl said she had no worries about his health.

6) CONVENTION You say not to worry to someone to indicate that you are not upset or angry when something has gone wrong. [INFORMAL]

`Not to worry, Baby,' he said, and kissed her tenderly.


English dictionary. 2008.

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