Afraid - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈfreɪd|  American pronunciation of the word afraid
Brit.  |əˈfreɪd|  British pronunciation of the word afraid

adjective

- filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement

I'm afraid I won't be able to come
he was afraid he would have to let her go
I'm afraid you're wrong

- feeling worry or concern or insecurity

She was afraid that I might be embarrassed
terribly afraid of offending someone
I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict

- having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

afraid of hard work
afraid to show emotion

Examples

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

I am afraid to wake him.

He was afraid to dive from the high board.

There's no need to be afraid.

He was afraid of being caught by the police.

Zoe was half afraid (=a little afraid) to go back in the house.

He was afraid that the other kids would laugh at him.

I didn't tell her because I was afraid of upsetting her.

The government was afraid of a public outcry.

Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Who is afraid?

I'm afraid I won't be able to come

he was afraid he would have to let her go

I'm afraid you're wrong

She was afraid that I might be embarrassed

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