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adjective [never before noun] afraid pronunciation in American English /əˈfreɪd/
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  1. 1
    frightened, for example because you feel you are in danger
    Don’t be afraid – I won’t hurt you.
    afraid of: Everyone seems to be afraid of her.
    He’s afraid of flying.
    afraid to do something: She was afraid to go near the dog.
    be afraid for someone (=believe that someone is in danger): People here are afraid for their children.
  2. 2
    worried that something bad might happen
    afraid (that): I was afraid that you’d miss the flight.
    afraid of: He’s afraid of the dark.
    afraid of doing something: I was afraid of getting lost.
    afraid to do something: If you don’t know the answer, don’t be afraid to say so.

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