afraid Meaning in the Cambridge Essential American Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of "afraid" in Essential American English Dictionary

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

procession

a line of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, especially in a formal way as part of a religious ceremony or public celebration

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More