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afraid

adjective  /əˈfreɪd/ us  

afraid adjective (FEARFUL)

feeling fear, or feeling anxiety about the possible results of a particular situation: She was afraid, but never thought of quitting. I’ve always been afraid of heights. Dad’s afraid I’ll end up like my cousin. He’s not afraid of losing.

afraid adjective (FEELING REGRET)

[not gradable] feeling regret, esp. because something is not the way you think it should be: A lot of those stores will cheat you, I’m afraid.
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