worry

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noun
ADJECTIVE
big, considerable, great, main, major, serious

Paying the mortgage is a big worry for many people.

Her mother's poor health caused her considerable worry.

My greatest worry is that he'll do something stupid.

genuine, real
growing, increasing
slight
day-to-day
constant

The money side of things has been a constant worry.

unnecessary

She gave her parents unnecessary worry when she forgot to call them.

immediate

My immediate worry is money.

nagging, niggling

I had a nagging worry that we weren't going to get there.

secret

It was a relief to share my secret worries with him.

business, economic, financial, money
health
VERB + WORRY
have

That year he had major health worries.

be beset by

She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.

be frantic with, be out of your mind with, be sick with

I didn't know where he was and I was frantic with worry.

express, voice
share
cause (sb), give sb
add to, increase

The fact that she heard nothing from him only increased her worry.

forget

Try and forget your worries for a little while.

alleviate, assuage, ease, soothe
remove, take away, take out of sth

Take the worry out of flying with our travel insurance offer.

dismiss

For years, the government has dismissed our worries as unfounded.

WORRY + VERB
disappear, melt
prove groundless, prove unfounded

Most of Nigel's worries proved groundless.

plague sb

These worries plagued him constantly.

PREPOSITION
amid worries

The dollar has fallen to a new low amid worries that the American economy is heading for trouble.

worry about, worry over

They will not have worries over money.

worry to

His mother's health is an enormous worry to him.

PHRASES
cause for worry

There is no immediate cause for worry.

free from worry
have no worries on that score (BrE)

The staff all work very hard—we've no worries on that score.

the least of your worries

At the moment, the car is the least of my worries.

no worries! (esp. BrE)

No worries—there's plenty of time.

a source of worry

Money is a constant source of worry.

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verb
ADVERB
a lot, particularly, really, terribly

She worries a lot about crime.

What really worries me is what we do if there's nobody there.

slightly
excessively, needlessly, too much, unduly, unnecessarily

You do worry unnecessarily, you know.

not too much

Don't worry too much about it.

constantly
VERB + WORRY
not let sth, not need to

Don't let it worry you unduly.

begin to
tell sb not to
PREPOSITION
about

Don't worry about me, I'll be fine.

for

We can't help worrying for your safety.

with

Don't worry the driver with unnecessary requests.

PHRASES
can't help worrying

I can't help worrying about the future.

enough to worry about, nothing to worry about

Don't bother Harry—he has enough to worry about as it is.

stop worrying

Stop worrying, Dad, we'll be fine.

How can I make her stop worrying so much?

worry yourself sick, worry yourself to death (both informal)
Worry is used with these nouns as the object: ↑investor

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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