Definition of Afraid in English :

Define Afraid in English

Afraid meaning in English

Meaning of Afraid in English

Pronunciation of Afraid in English

Afraid pronunciation in English

Pronounce Afraid in English


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2. afraid

filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement

Example Sentences:
'I'm afraid I won't be able to come'
'he was afraid he would have to let her go'
'I'm afraid you're wrong'

3. afraid

feeling worry or concern or insecurity

Example Sentences:
'She was afraid that I might be embarrassed'
'terribly afraid of offending someone'
'I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict'

4. afraid

having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

Example Sentences:
'afraid of hard work'
'afraid to show emotion'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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adjective (postpositive)
1. (often foll by of)
feeling fear or apprehension; frightened
he was afraid of cats
reluctant (to do something), as through fear or timidity
he was afraid to let himself go
3. (often foll by that; used to lessen the effect of an unpleasant statement)
I'm afraid that I shall have to tell you to go

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see synonyms of afraid
feeling fear; frightened; apprehensive
followed by of, that, or an infinitive: often used informally to indicate regret
I'm afraid I can't go

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of afraid
1. Filled with fear; frightened: afraid of ghosts; afraid to die; afraid for his life.
2. Having feelings of aversion or unwillingness in regard to something: not afraid of hard work; afraid to show emotion.
3. Filled with regret or concern. Used especially to soften an unpleasant statement: I'm afraid you're wrong.

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