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  1. wor·ry
    IPA[ˈwərē]
  2. verb

    • 1. give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles:

      he worried about his soldier sons in the war I began to worry whether I had done the right thing
      Synonym : fret, be worried, be concerned, be anxious, agonize, brood, dwell on, panic, get in a panic, lose sleep, get worked up, get in a fluster, get overwrought, be on tenterhooks, have butterflies in one's stomach, get stressed, get in a flap, get in a state, get in a tizz/tizzy, get in a sweat, sweat, get steamed up, get in a lather, stew, torture oneself, torment oneself, be in a blue funk
    • 2. cause annoyance to:

      the noise never really stops, but it doesn't worry me
      Synonym : trouble, bother, cause anxiety, make anxious, disturb, distress, upset, concern, disquiet, discompose, fret, agitate, unsettle, perturb, frighten, alarm, scare, fluster, flurry, stress, strain, tax, harass, torment, plague, bedevil, besiege, irk, vex, prey on one's mind, weigh heavily on one's mind, weigh down, oppress, burden, be a great weight on, lie heavy on, gnaw at, hassle, give someone a hard time, throw, faze, rattle, bug, get to, do someone's head in, discombobulate, mess with someone's head
    • 3. cause to feel anxiety or concern:

      there was no need to worry her I've been worrying myself sick over my mother
    • 4. (of a dog or other carnivorous animal) tear at, gnaw on, or drag around with the teeth:

      I found my dog contentedly worrying a bone
    • 5. (of a dog) chase and attack (livestock, especially sheep):

      a farmer shot a dog that had been worrying sheep
      Synonym : attack, savage, maul, mutilate, mangle, go for, tear at, tear to pieces, claw, bite, gnaw at, lacerate, shake, pull at, molest, torment, persecute
    • 6. pull at or fiddle with repeatedly:

      he began to worry at the knot in the cord

    noun

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: worry, 3rd person present: worries, gerund or present participle: worrying, past tense: worried, past participle: worried

    • verb

      feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems:

      discover or solve something by persistent thought:

    • noun

      the state of being anxious and troubled over actual or potential problems:

      a source of anxiety:

    • adjective

      anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems:
    • adjective

      anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems:
    • plural

      a string of beads that one fingers and moves in order to calm oneself.
    • plural

      a string of beads that one fingers and moves in order to calm oneself.
    • used to reassure someone by telling them that a situation is not serious
    • used to reassure someone that a situation is not serious
    • all right; fine
    • all right; fine
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