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afraid

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

Definition of afraid

  1. 1 :  filled with fear or apprehension <afraid of machines> <afraid for his job>

  2. 2 :  filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation <I'm afraid I won't be able to go>

  3. 3 :  having a dislike for something <afraid of hard work>



Examples of afraid in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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

afraid

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adjective \ə-ˈfrād\

Definition of afraid for Students

  1. 1 :  filled with fear <She was afraid of snakes.>

  2. 2 :  filled with concern or regret <I'm afraid I won't be able to go.>

  3. 3 :  having a dislike for something <They're not afraid to work hard.>





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