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"afraid" in British English

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afraidadjective

uk   us   /əˈfreɪd/
  • afraid adjective (FEAR)

A2 [after verb] feelingfear, or ​feelingworry about the ​possibleresults of a ​particularsituation: He was/​feltsuddenly afraid. I've always been afraid offlying/​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)

I'm afraid...

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A2 used to ​politelyintroducebadnews or ​disagreement: This is ​yourroom - it's ​rathersmall, I'm afraid. I don't ​agree at all, I'm afraid. I'm afraid you've ​completelymisunderstood the ​question. [+ (that)] I'm afraid (that) we can't come this ​evening after all. "Was she ​impressed with ​ourwork?" "I'm afraid not (= no)." "Does this ​mean I've got to ​leave?" "I'm afraid so." (= Yes.)
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(Definition of afraid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"afraid" in American English

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afraidadjective

 us   /əˈfreɪd/
  • afraid adjective (FEARFUL)

feelingfear, or ​feelinganxiety about the ​possibleresults of a ​particularsituation: 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] feelingregret, esp. because something is not the way you ​think it should be: A lot of those ​stores will ​cheat you, I’m afraid.
(Definition of afraid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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