Definition of afraid
- afraid of machines
- was afraid for his job
- I'm afraid I won't be able to go.
- She's not afraid of hard work. [=she's not unwilling to work hard]
Melissa is afraid of flying, so she takes a train from Boston to visit her brother in Chicago.
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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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