afraid


afraid
a|fraid
W2S1 [əˈfreıd] adj [not before noun]
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Past participle of affray 'to frighten' (14-19 centuries), from Old French affreer; AFFRAY]
1.) frightened because you think that you may get hurt or that something bad may happen
= ↑scared
There's no need to be afraid.
afraid of (doing) sth
kids who are afraid of the dark
He was afraid of being caught by the police.
afraid to do sth
Zoe was half afraid (=a little afraid) to go back in the house.
see usage notefear1
2.) worried about what might happen, or that something bad will happen
afraid (that)
He was afraid that the other kids would laugh at him.
afraid of (doing) sth
I didn't tell her because I was afraid of upsetting her.
The government was afraid of a public outcry.
afraid to do sth
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
3.) afraid for sb/sth
worried that something bad may happen to a particular person or thing
Her father looked ill and she was suddenly afraid for him.
Many of us were afraid for our jobs.
4.) I'm afraid
spoken used to politely tell someone something that may annoy, upset, or disappoint them
That's the most we can offer you, I'm afraid.
I'm afraid (that)
I'm afraid you've come to the wrong address.
'Is she very ill?' ' I'm afraid so (=yes) .'
'Did you see him?' ' I'm afraid not (=no) .'

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • afraid — [ə frād′] adj. [ME affraied, pp. of affraien, AFFRAY] feeling fear; frightened; apprehensive: followed by of, that, or an infinitive: often used informally to indicate regret [I m afraid I can t go] SYN. AFRAID is applied to a general feeling of… …   English World dictionary

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  • afraid — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fearful or anxious. ● I m afraid Cf. ↑I m afraid ORIGIN from Old French afrayer disturb, startle …   English terms dictionary

  • afraid — (adj.) early 14c., originally pp. of afray frighten, from Anglo Fr. afrayer, from O.Fr. esfreer (see AFFRAY (Cf. affray) (n.)). A rare case of an English adjective that never stands before a noun. Because it was used in A.V. Bible, it acquired… …   Etymology dictionary

  • afraid — afraid; un·afraid; …   English syllables

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  • afraid — *fearful, apprehensive Analogous words: alarmed, scared (see FRIGHTEN): timorous, *timid Antonyms: unafraid: sanguine Contrasted words: *cool, composed, imperturbable, collected: *confident, assured, sure …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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