Meaning of “afraid” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective [ never before noun ] us uk /əˈfreɪd/
Extra Examples
I'm afraid I can't make the meeting this afternoon.I'm afraid she's not here at the moment."Have you finished?" "I'm afraid not."I'm afraid I wasn't very polite to her.I'm afraid I'm not very tidy.
I'm afraid

A2 used to politely tell someone bad news or to politely disagree with someone:

There are no tickets left, I'm afraid.
[ + (that) ] I'm afraid that I've broken your vase.

A2 frightened:

She's afraid of water.

B1 worried that something bad might happen:

[ + (that) ] Many people are afraid that they might lose their jobs.
[ + of + doing sth ] He was afraid of upsetting Clare.

(Definition of “afraid” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)