Definition of afraid
1 : filled with fear or apprehension afraid of machines was 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 She's not afraid of hard work. [=she's not unwilling to work hard]
Examples of afraid in a Sentence
Melissa is afraid of flying, so she takes a train from Boston to visit her brother in Chicago.
Recent Examples of afraid from the Web
Justin Thomas has never been afraid to wear outfits that are a little outside the box.
For new flavor ideas, Fredette often turns to upcoming chefs and bartenders, who aren’t afraid to experiment with bold ingredients and pairings.
They aren’t taught to cower to the police or to be afraid of the police.
But the University of California San Diego’s Roshanak Kheshti, who grew up in Nashville after moving from Iran with her family in the late ’70s, has never been afraid of hard work.
Graizer too often seems afraid to potentially offend anyone (but especially straight audiences along for the ride) and too polite to explore the darker recesses of grief, desire and sexuality.
When the first wave of young prisoners began arriving in October, Bayiz says her staff was afraid of them.
For example, the paper notes, Putin once brought a black Lab to a meeting with Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel, who’s afraid of dogs.
And don’t be afraid to discuss your feelings and change your approach if things aren’t working.
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Definition of afraid for Students
1 : filled with fear She was afraid of snakes.
2 : filled with concern or regret I'm afraid I won't be able to go.
3 : having a dislike for something They're not afraid to work hard.
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