The Alternative English Dictionary: afraid

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afraid etymology From Middle English affrayed, affraied, past participle of afraien, from xno afrayer, from Old French effreer, esfreer, from es- + freer, from frk *friþu, from Proto-Germanic *friþuz, from Proto-Germanic *frijōną, from Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy-. Compare also afeard. More at free, friend. pronunciation
  • /əˈfɹeɪd/
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  1. (usually used predicatively, not attributively) Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear. He is afraid of death. He is afraid to die. He is afraid that he will die.
  2. (colloquial) regretful, sorry I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.
  • (Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive) afraid expresses a lesser degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is often followed by the preposition and the object of fear, or by an infinitive, or by a dependent clause, as shown in the examples above.
Synonyms: (Impressed with fear or apprehension) afeared, alarmed, anxious, apprehensive, fearful, timid, timorous, (Regretful) sorry, See also
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