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Meaning of AFRAID

Pronunciation:  u'freyd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement; "I'm afraid I won't be able to come"; "he was afraid he would have to let her go"; "I'm afraid you're wrong"
  2. [adj]  feeling worry or concern or insecurity; "She was afraid that I might be embarrassed"; "terribly afraid of offending someone"; "I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict"
  3. [adj]  having feelings of aversion or unwillingness; "afraid of hard work"; "affaid to show emotion"

AFRAID is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: concerned, disinclined



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*fraid"\, p. a. [OE. afrayed, affraide, p. p. of
afraien to affray. See {Affray}, and cf. {Afeard}.]
Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive.
[Afraid comes after the noun it limits.] ``Back they
recoiled, afraid.'' --Milton.

Note: This word expresses a less degree of fear than
      terrified or frightened. It is followed by of before
      the object of fear, or by the infinitive, or by a
      dependent clause; as, to be afraid of death. ``I am
      afraid to die.'' ``I am afraid he will chastise me.''
      ``Be not afraid that I your hand should take.'' --Shak.
      I am afraid is sometimes used colloquially to soften a
      statement; as, I am afraid I can not help you in this

Syn: Fearful; timid; timorous; alarmed; anxious.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: To dream of being afraid is an expression of hidden anxiety and untamed fears. Left out of control, these would lead to failure at the private and professional levels. When you dream of others being afraid, it might indicate that you are unconsciously ignoring their calls for help, you might need to leave your own fears behind and lend a helping hand, because these frightened people are in no situation to offer any kind of support.
Thesaurus Terms
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