worry about

worry about (someone or something)

1. To feel uneasy, anxious, or fretful about someone or something. There's no point worrying about how you did on the test. It's over now! I can't help but worry about Jonathan. He seems so lost lately. A: "How will we ever get this stuff through customs?" B: "Let me worry about that."
2. To cause someone or oneself to feel uneasy, anxious, or fretful about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "worry" and "about." We don't want to worry our parents about us during our trip. The more she explained the situation, the more she started worrying me about the viability of the project. You shouldn't worry yourself about such minor issues.
See also: worry

worry about someone or something

to fret or be anxious about the welfare of someone or something. Please don't worry about me. I'll be all right. Don't worry about the bill. I'll pay it.
See also: worry
References in classic literature ?
Then she tripped back to them with sparkling eyes and smiling cheeks, having regained her usual happy mood and forgotten all her worry about being lost.
"It isn't the thing itself I worry about," Sir Alfred said thoughtfully,--"they'll never decode that message.
'Don't worry about that,' replied the girl, 'for I've thought it all over, and have settled on a plan which will make us each able to bear with the other!
The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
I often wish my mum was still alive so I could ask her if she worried about me as much as I worry about my kids.
What do people commonly worry about? Are all they worry about worth worrying about?
Slightly fewer Americans, 37%, worry about not having enough money to put a child through college.
Slim majorities also worry about crime and violence, federal spending and the budget deficit, and the availability of guns.
How wonderful to learn that worrying can be constructive as well and get us worriers to make contingency plans for all kinds of things we worry about.
In a nationally representative sample of Americans, feelings of worry about skin cancer predicted sunscreen use.
How I worry, I worry such a lot So many things I worry about, many I forgot Did I put the fire out?
Metaworry (i.e., worry about worry) is activated when worry becomes excessive, promoting negative metabeliefs about worry.