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"frightening" in British English

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frighteningadjective

uk   us   /ˈfraɪ.tən.ɪŋ/
B1 making you ​feelfear: a frightening ​thought a frightening ​film It is frightening tothink what might ​happen if she ​left him.

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frighteningly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
She ​looked frighteningly ​thin.
(Definition of frightening from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frightening" in American English

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frighteningadjective

 us   /ˈfrɑɪ·tən·ɪŋ/
making you ​feelfear: a frightening ​situation Frightening can also ​meanextreme: My ​carinsurancepayments are frightening.
frighteningly
adverb  us   /ˈfrɑɪ·tən·ɪŋ·li/
His ​heartratechanged frighteningly.
(Definition of frightening from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “frightening”
in Arabic مُخيف…
in Korean 무서운…
in Portuguese assustador…
in Catalan que fa por…
in Japanese ぞっとさせる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 可怕的,令人恐惧的…
in Turkish korkutan, ürküten, endişe veren…
in Russian пугающий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 可怕的,令人恐懼的…
in Italian spaventoso…
in Polish przerażający…
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