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afraid

adjective uk   /əˈfreɪd/ us  

afraid adjective (FEAR)

A2 [after verb] feeling fear, or feeling worry about the possible results of a particular situation: He was/felt suddenly afraid. I've always been afraid of flying/heights/spiders. She was afraid for her children (= feared that they might be hurt). [+ to infinitive] Don't be afraid to say what you think. [+ (that)] She was afraid (that) he might be upset if she told him.
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afraid adjective (SORRY)

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A2 used to politely introduce bad news or disagreement: This is your room - it's rather small, I'm afraid. I don't agree at all, I'm afraid. I'm afraid you've completely misunderstood the question. [+ (that)] I'm afraid (that) we can't come this evening after all. "Was she impressed with our work?" "I'm afraid not (= no)." "Does this mean I've got to leave?" "I'm afraid so." (= Yes.)
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