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afraid

adjective (SORRY)    /əˈfreɪd/
I'm afraid... 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.)Making and accepting apologies Grammar:Afraid
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