[ US /əˈfɹeɪd/ ]
[ UK /ɐfɹˈe‍ɪd/ ]
  1. filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement
    I'm afraid you're wrong
    I'm afraid I won't be able to come
    he was afraid he would have to let her go
  2. having feelings of aversion or unwillingness
    afraid to show emotion
    afraid of hard work
  3. feeling worry or concern or insecurity
    I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict
    terribly afraid of offending someone
    She was afraid that I might be embarrassed
  4. filled with fear or apprehension
    suddenly looked afraid
    afraid of snakes
    afraid even to turn his head
    afraid to ask questions
    afraid for his life
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How To Use afraid In A Sentence

  • He was afraid of waking up in the morning and finding that Jessie was dead.
  • I was talking to a mom today whose daughter's elementary teacher said she was afraid that her daughter had "selective mutism. canard - French Word-A-Day
  • They run out of beer by about 7pm so we then turned to the wine, which I'm afraid would have stripped the paint off any wall.
  • Here's a good one - a survey to see if birds are afraid of heights or get jet lag on long flights. The Sun
  • I am afraid to lose, I fear this time, and I love it but memories. I could not forget the sweat on the pitch with the sway of the brothers, forget accompany me cry close friend, and forget the bright Star of that everynight, and those words have touched me deeply.
  • They were afraid the dam wouldn't hold.
  • He is a man with a reputation for being tough and unafraid of unpopular decisions.
  • Which of course explains why Bush is afraid to drive by motorcade through Washington DC but does it in Bagdad … oh wait … Think Progress » Rep. King: My Wife ‘Is At Far Greater Risk Being a Civilian In D.C. Than An Average Civilian In Iraq’
  • We hope to grow old, yet we fear old age; that is, we are willing to live, and afraid to die. 
  • I have seen human bathers acting just like the birds, though from a different cause, bobbing down towards the water, but afraid to dip their heads, and the idea of comicality arose, as it does in most of the ludicrous actions of animals, from their resemblance to those of mankind. The Naturalist in Nicaragua
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