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afraid

adjective
 
/əˈfreɪd/
to be afraid (of sth) A2 to feel fear or worry: I’m afraid of big dogs. They were afraid that their son would get hurt.
I’m afraid A2 used to politely tell someone something bad or to politely disagree with someone: I’m afraid that we can’t come to your party.
(Definition of afraid from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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