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afraid

adjective \ə-ˈfrād, Southern also ə-ˈfred\

Definition of AFRAID

1
:  filled with fear or apprehension <afraid of machines> <afraid for his job>
2
:  filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation <I'm afraid I won't be able to go>
3
:  having a dislike for something <afraid of hard work>

Examples of AFRAID

  1. <Melissa is afraid of flying, so she takes a train from Boston to visit her brother in Chicago.>

Origin of AFRAID

Middle English affraied, from past participle of affraien to frighten — more at affray
First Known Use: 14th century

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