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English definition of “fright”

fright

noun [S or U]     /fraɪt/
C1 the feeling of fear, especially if felt suddenly, or an experience of fear that happens suddenly: I lay in bed shaking with fright. You gave her such a fright turning the lights out like that. You gave me the fright of my life (= a very severe fright), jumping out of the shadows like that!Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words take fright to feel fear: Our dog took fright at the noise of the fireworks and ran indoors.Afraid
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