- (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.
- (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.