fret Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"fret" in British English

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fretverb [I]

uk   us   /fret/ (-tt-)
to be ​nervous or ​worried: Don't fret - I'm ​sure he's OK. She ​spent the ​day fretting about/over what she'd said to Nicky.

fretnoun [C]

uk   us   /fret/
any of the ​smallraisedmetalbarsacross the ​long, ​thinpart of a stringedmusicalinstrument such as a ​guitar, that show you where to put ​yourfingers on the ​strings in ​order to ​produce different ​notes
fretted
adjective uk   /ˈfret.ɪd/  us   /ˈfret̬-/
Guitars and ​lutes are fretted ​musicalinstruments.
(Definition of fret from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fretverb [I]

 us   /fret/ (-tt-)

fret verb [I] (WORRY)

to ​worry or be ​unhappy about something: Don’t fret – I’m ​sure we’ll ​find the ​kitten.
fretful
adjective  us   /ˈfret·fəl/
She ​fell into a fretful ​sleep.

fretnoun [C]

 us   /fret/

fret noun [C] (RAISED BAR)

a ​thin, ​slightlyraisedmetalbar, several of which are positioned ​across the neck (= ​long, ​narrowpart) of some ​musicalinstruments, such as a ​guitar
(Definition of fret from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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