worry

  • 1 worry — vb Worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease, tantalize can all mean to torment so as to destroy one s peace of mind or to disturb one acutely. Worry stresses incessant attacking or goading and an intention or sometimes an effect of… …

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  • 2 Worry — Wor ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Worried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Worrying}.] [OE. worowen, wirien, to strangle, AS. wyrgan in [=a]wyrgan; akin to D. worgen, wurgen, to strangle, OHG. wurgen, G. w[ u]rgen, Lith. verszti, and perhaps to E. wring.] [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Worry — Wor ry, n.; pl. {Worries}. A state of undue solicitude; a state of disturbance from care and anxiety; vexation; anxiety; fret; as, to be in a worry. The whir and worry of spindle and of loom. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 worry — ► VERB (worries, worried) 1) feel or cause to feel troubled over actual or potential difficulties. 2) annoy or disturb. 3) (of a dog or other carnivorous animal) tear at or pull about with the teeth. 4) (of a dog) chase and attack (livestock,… …

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  • 5 worry — [wʉr′ē] vt. worried, worrying [ME wirwen < OE wyrgan, to strangle, injure, akin to Ger würgen, to strangle < IE * werĝh , to twist, choke < base * wer , to twist > WORM] 1. a) to harass or treat roughly with or as with continual… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 worry — [n] anxiety, trouble anguish, annoyance, apprehension, bad news*, care, concern, disquiet, distress, disturbance, doubt, fear, headache*, heartache*, irritation, misery, misgiving, nag*, pain*, perplexity, pest, plague, presentiment, problem,… …

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  • 7 Worry — Wor ry, v. i. To feel or express undue care and anxiety; to manifest disquietude or pain; to be fretful; to chafe; as, the child worries; the horse worries. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 worry — I noun affliction, annoyance, anxiety, apprehension, apprehensiveness, care, concern, consternation, difficulty, discomfort, discomposure, dismay, disquiet, distress, distress one s self, dread, fear, tearfulness, grief, malaise, mental agitation …

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  • 9 worry — wor|ry1 W2S1 [ˈwʌri US ˈwə:ri] v past tense and past participle worried present participle worrying third person singular worries ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(be anxious)¦ 2 don t worry 3¦(make somebody anxious)¦ 4 not to worry 5 nothing to worry about …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 worry — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, considerable, great, main, major, serious ▪ Paying the mortgage is a big worry for many people. ▪ Her mothe …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 worry — 1 verb 1 BE ANXIOUS (I) to be anxious or unhappy about something so that you think about it a lot (+ about): You ve really got no need to worry about your weight. | worry that: He s worried that he might lose his job. (+ over): Dad worries over… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 worry — I UK [ˈwʌrɪ] / US verb Word forms worry : present tense I/you/we/they worry he/she/it worries present participle worrying past tense worried past participle worried *** 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to feel nervous and upset because you keep… …

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  • 13 worry — [[t]wʌ̱ri, AM wɜ͟ːri[/t]] ♦♦ 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/… …

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  • 14 worry — wor|ry1 [ wʌri ] verb *** intransitive or transitive to feel nervous and upset because you keep thinking about a problem that you have or could have in the future: worry about: People worry more about their health than they used to. worry that:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 worry — I n. 1) to cause worry 2) deep, serious worry 3) financial worries 4) worry about, over II v. 1) (D; intr.) to worry about, over (they worry about you; I worried about them working so hard; to worry over trifles) 2) (R) it worried me that they… …

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  • 16 worry*/*/*/ — [ˈwʌri] verb I 1) [I/T] to feel nervous and upset because you keep thinking about your problems or about bad things that could happen Try not to worry so much.[/ex] People worry more about their health than they used to.[/ex] If companies are… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 worry — v. & n. v. ( ies, ied) 1 intr. give way to anxiety or unease; allow one s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. 2 tr. harass, importune; be a trouble or anxiety to. 3 tr. a (of a dog etc.) shake or pull about with the teeth. b attack… …

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  • 18 worry — wor·ry (wûr’ē, wŭr’ē) v. wor·ried, wor·ry·ing, wor·ries v. intr. 1) To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled. See Synonyms at BROOD(Cf. ↑brood). 2) a) To seize something with the teeth and bite or tear repeatedly: » …

    Word Histories

  • 19 worry — worrier, n. worriless, adj. worryingly, adv. /werr ee, wur ee/, v., worried, worrying, n., pl. worries. v.i. 1. to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. 2. to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill. v.t. 3. to… …

    Universalium

  • 20 worry — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. care, anxiety, mental anguish, uneasiness, fear, apprehension; concern, misgiving. v. tease, plague, vex; disturb, fret, upset; torment, torture, trouble, bait, badger; maul, chew, mangle; get gray… …

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