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fret

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fret

  1. 1 to consume or wear away gradually <over the span of thousands of years, the annual spring runoff fretted the rock, forming a deep channel> Synonyms bite (at), corrode, erode, eat, gnaw, nibbleRelated Words break down, break up, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve; decimate, destroy, devastate, ruin, waste, wreckNear Antonyms freshen, recreate, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, rejuvenate, renew, restore, revitalize, revive

  2. 2 to damage or diminish by continued friction <don't let the girth fret the horse's belly or you won't be able to ride him> Synonyms chafe, corrade, erode, fray, frazzle, abrade, gall, rasp, rub, wearRelated Words file, gnaw, grate, graze, grind, nibble, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, scrape, scuff, shave; erase, reduce, rub out, wear out, wipe (away); bite, break down, break up, chew, corrode, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve, eat; hone, sharpen, whet

  3. 3 to experience concern or anxiety <don't fret over whether it will be sunny tomorrow, as there's nothing we can do about it> Synonyms bother, fear, worry, fuss, stew, stress, sweat, troubleRelated Words agonize; long, pine, yearn; chafe; despairNear Antonyms accept; abide, bear, endure, stick out, stomach, sustain, take, tolerate

  4. 4 to make sore by continued rubbing <the stiff, starchy collar was fretting my neck, and I couldn't wait to change out of that costume> Synonyms abrade, excoriate, chafe, gall, irritateRelated Words graze, scrape, scratch; burn, inflame (also enflame); flay, peel, skin




fret

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fret

  1. a state of nervous or irritated concern <one of my customers always gets into a fret if I'm so much as 15 minutes late delivering his newspaper> Synonyms dither, fluster, fuss, huff, lather, pother, stew, sweat, swelter, swivet, tizzy, twitter Related Words bother, dudgeon, pique; alarm (also alarum), hand-wringing, panic; ado, agitation, delirium, distraction, furor, hysteria, uproar; nervous breakdown




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