- Filled with fear: afraid of ghosts; afraid to die; afraid for his life. (adjective)
- Having feelings of aversion or unwillingness in regard to something: not afraid of hard work; afraid to show emotion. (adjective)
- Filled with regret or concern. Used especially to soften an unpleasant statement: I'm afraid you're wrong. (adjective)
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