Definition of 'afraid'


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1. colloquial regretful, sorry

2. Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.

3. Having feelings of aversion or unwillingness in regard to something.

4. Filled with fear; frightened.

5. Filled with regret or concern. Used especially to soften an unpleasant statement.

6. Afraid comes after the noun it limits. Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive.

7. feeling worry or concern or insecurity

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

9. having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

10. filled with fear or apprehension

11. Synonyms Afraid, Frightened, Terrified, timid, shy, apprehensive, troubled, suspicious, distrustful. Afraid expresses a less degree of fear than frightened or terrified, which describe outward states. In colloquial language, I am afraid is often nearly equivalent to I suspect, I am inclined to think, or the like, and is regularly used as a kind of polite introduction to a correction, objection, etc., or to make a statement sound less positive: as, I am afraid you are wrong; I am afraid that argument won't hold.

12. Impressed with fear or apprehension; fearful: followed by of before the object of fear, where that is not an infinitive: as, to be afraid of death; I am afraid to go.


1. Thousands more victims were too afraid to come forward.

2. She is now too afraid to go to school on her own, a court heard.

3. The atmosphere makes people very nervous, and afraid that they may miss something worth buying.

4. She's not afraid of anything.

5. Somebody might have given him a lift and is afraid to come forward thinking they have done something wrong, but they have not.

6. Was I afraid of going over it again?

7. That your boyfriend feels comfortable being vulnerable doesn't mean he is weak, simply that he is in touch with his feelings and not afraid to show them.

8. The country is suffering because people and politicians are too afraid to say anything about it.

9. What you probably mean is that you are afraid others may think you are lazy.

10. We will not be afraid of anyone and will try to enjoy our football.

11. Since then my boyfriend is afraid there is something wrong with him.

12. You would have been afraid to go out at night.

13. We seem to be afraid to punish them.

14. Most locals had fled or were still too afraid to come out.

15. Nobody is afraid of him any more.

16. My free leaflet for anyone afraid of the dentist explains more.

17. It is not something to be afraid of.

18. They all seem to be afraid and apprehensive.

19. He was not much afraid of anything that she might feel now.

20. We are afraid she may have come to harm.

21. Being afraid of something means thinking in a negative way about it.

22. She is afraid to go back to school and thinks they will not want her back.

23. We are not afraid of anyone.

24. In fact, nobody should be afraid of them.

25. I learned many of us in the program were afraid of strong feelings.

26. Are we afraid of feelings?

27. It was great to share this funny moment with him in his last few hours, at a time when he was worried and afraid.

28. Well if Hope/Change/Hope/Change is a broken record what the heck is * be afraid, be very afraid*?

29. Let him go, and he will walk the streets with a swagger, and boast that you were afraid to touch him -- _afraid_, gentlemen -- and children and women will point after him as the man who has sent nine others into eternity, and who yet walks the streets a free man.

30. "Captain, we have had hard times of it out there, but _don't be afraid, don't be afraid_."

31. And I'm afraid of what'll come to the child without me; I'm _afraid_, Mr. Peter.

32. "I'll tell you something I want you to do and you're afraid to do it -- you're _afraid_."

33. "I'm afraid -- I'm _afraid_ we couldn't allow you to be a mere figurehead."

34. Mr. Ashburn, if you can't say anything more than this -- anything, you understand, which puts you in a position to treat with us, I'm afraid -- I'm _afraid_ I must ask time to think over this.

35. "I'm afraid, my dear Mirliflor," said Queen Selina, "I'm _afraid_ you can't see her before you go."

36. _ -- Do not be afraid to think of it; on the contrary, do think of it, but to say to it, "I am not _afraid_ of you."

37. ‘It has certainly exacerbated the extent to which people are afraid of terrorist attacks.’

38. ‘He says that since starting the job he is less jumpy and no longer afraid of the dark.’

39. ‘He said today he was not afraid of competing with supermarkets but feared the effect on customer choice.’

40. ‘True scholars are afraid of no hypothesis; they go where others fear to think.’

41. ‘She says she's not afraid of death, she's just frightened of losing the people she loves.’

42. ‘They only have power if we believe they have, if we are afraid of them and we let our fear silence us.’

43. ‘I know if it was me I would be frightened and would be afraid to go out after dark.’

44. ‘It is now the political leaders who drove the politics of fear who look most afraid.’

45. ‘True leaders are not afraid of telling the truth as they see it for fear of losing favor.’

46. ‘She explained she was afraid of having children because she feared she could not feed them.’

47. ‘These men might be afraid of her now, but that fear would only last as long as she could keep her power flowing.’

48. ‘It is not just passengers who are afraid of flying - airline employees are fearful too.’

49. ‘Anyone who has nothing to be fearful of should not be afraid of the Customs Service.’

50. ‘They felt nervous about walking home in the dark; they were afraid of evil spirits.’

51. ‘In all her life she had never been afraid of a single man besides her father.’

52. ‘We cannot be afraid of the threat of foreign powers because times are changing.’

53. ‘Some are afraid of retaliation because they have been vocal proponents of peace.’

54. ‘However, the truth is that in their heart of hearts, quite a few adults are afraid of deep water.’

55. ‘The greatest trick is to not to show that you are afraid of something.’

56. ‘He was always very afraid of death and would have hoped for a miracle.’

57. ‘My arms hugged around me, as if I was suddenly afraid of him, as if I was afraid that he would hurt me.’

58. ‘Now I am afraid that my right ear, which is almost normal, may also develop problems.’

59. ‘We all understand self-indulgence but are afraid that self-denial might be beyond us.’

60. ‘For example, we are afraid that if others knew the truth about us, they wouldn't like us.’

61. ‘I am afraid that the answer is one that people may not want to hear or even think about.’

62. ‘Another part of me is afraid that it's temporary and that I'm not going to be able to hold onto it.’

63. ‘I'm afraid that I still break out in a cold sweat when Patricia's being masterful.’

64. ‘It got a lot of media attention, and local art officials were afraid that too many people would show up to watch.’

65. ‘He is afraid that if his marking is challenged and an appeal conducted he will be held to have been discriminatory.’

66. ‘We were afraid that the sunrise would not be as glorious as we'd wanted it to be because of the clouds.’

67. ‘I'm afraid that what he alludes to is only a possibility among others, and not in my view the most likely one.’

68. ‘I'm afraid that, when it comes right down to it, this is the one that's likely to be closest to the truth.’

69. ‘I spent most of the film afraid that something terrible would happen to a child, explicitly or not.’

70. ‘He said that he was afraid that people would not come and stay around the town if there was a concert.’

71. ‘She was afraid that something might happen to her mum while she wasn't there.’

72. ‘I'm afraid that sulphur gives some people a headache and puts them off wine altogether.’

73. ‘I am afraid that now that I am a bit better things are not going to change much.’

74. ‘Everyone is afraid that you'll write something damning about them for all to see.’

75. ‘That cost us a lot of money and we were afraid that we would lose our connection with the public.’

76. ‘We hope the future is better than the past, but we're afraid that the past could repeat itself.’

77. ‘They kill and maim people and are too afraid to take the consequences of their actions.’

78. ‘They're not afraid to slow their songs down, lose the bass and add a pretty vocal.’

79. ‘In consequence we are becoming a tight-lipped silent majority afraid to rise above the parapet.’

80. ‘Like a doctor afraid to frighten a patient with a truthful diagnosis, it doesn't say half enough.’

81. ‘I was afraid to look. I opened my eyes and saw my husband on his knees in a pile of glass, holding his face in his hands.’

82. ‘Many people could not understand what I saw in him and were actually afraid for my safety with him, especially my mother.’

83. ‘The reason he had not offered information concerning where he had obtained the drugs was because he was genuinely afraid for his safety if he did so.’

84. ‘Their victims included a deaf and dumb couple who lost about £160 in the burglary and are now so afraid for their safety they want to move.’

85. ‘My 16-year-old daughter was in the shop and I was afraid for her safety.’

86. ‘She appeared to be more concerned for the well-being of the other crewmembers than afraid for her own life.’

87. ‘They're afraid for their life and perhaps something needs to be done.’

88. ‘If people were desperately afraid for their personal security, there would be exactly such movements.’

89. ‘That mobile phone companies should find themselves weakened just as the sector was about take off makes many afraid for its future stability.’

90. ‘Their names have not been disclosed because they are afraid for their lives.’

91. ‘Sometimes the world seems a dark place; we feel uncertain about the present, and afraid for the future.’

92. ‘I was afraid for my eternal salvation all day every day, in every thought and deed.’

93. ‘His new album, written after a nasty split with his fiancee, is so forlorn that the music press is afraid for his health.’

94. ‘I doubted my own sanity at times, and was afraid for what it really meant about me and my future.’

95. ‘After the attack she suffered pains in her stomach and was afraid for the health of her baby.’

96. ‘He told police he was too afraid for himself and his family to tell the truth at first.’

97. ‘Fear has an enormous hold over people; they will do almost anything if they are afraid for themselves or their loved ones.’

98. ‘She was afraid for him, and grateful for his presence in the world.’

99. ‘All of the court ladies that hadn't fainted were clinging to their partners, mortally afraid for their lives.’

100. ‘Moving closer she put her arms around his tense body, afraid for him.’

101. ‘People are afraid of the thieves and afraid for their future.’

102. afraid even to turn his head

Other users have misspelling afraid as:

1. affraid 6.68%

2. afriad 5.04%

3. afaid 2.86%

4. Other 85.42%

5. brave 0%

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