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

Definition of AFRAID

:  filled with fear or apprehension <afraid of machines> <afraid for his job>
:  filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation <I'm afraid I won't be able to go>
:  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

Synonym Discussion of AFRAID

fearful, apprehensive, afraid mean disturbed by fear. fearful implies often a timorous or worrying temperament <the child is fearful of loud noises>. apprehensive suggests a state of mind and implies a premonition of evil or danger <apprehensive of being found out>. afraid often suggests weakness or cowardice and regularly implies inhibition of action or utterance <afraid to speak the truth>.
AFRAID Defined for Kids


adjective \ə-ˈfrād\

Definition of AFRAID for Kids

:  filled with fear <She was afraid of snakes.>
:  filled with concern or regret <I'm afraid I won't be able to go.>
:  having a dislike for something <They're not afraid to work hard.>


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