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
Kirkendall, raising worrisome behavior by Devani, such as crying, wetting herself, and showing fear of male drivers, told the judge that Calderon was making Devani afraid of men.
Greenwood said the victim’s wife and other siblings have been afraid of the younger Dorey for years.
The budget proposal is an indication that Trump isn't afraid to end America's long history of generous foreign aid, even though experts warn such a move would be counterproductive.
Some, though, are afraid such a system would cost more, Shieh said.
There is so much political pressure here that people can be afraid to speak out.
What the old-timers were afraid of losing, many of the newcomers seemed unable to recognize.
But the world is changing so rapidly, there are a lot of folks out there who are both afraid and susceptible to this kind of negative appeal.
At first, unable to believe that the madness will not be stopped, somehow, by someone, before lives are taken, Alice chooses not to resist, afraid for her own security before that of others.
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Origin and Etymology of afraid
Middle English affraied, from past participle of affraien to frighten — more at affray
First Known Use: 14th century
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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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