afraid for

afraid for
afraid for
: feeling fear or worry about (something or someone)

I'm afraid for the children.

They were afraid for their lives. [=they feared for their lives; they were afraid that they might die]

He's afraid for his job. [=he's worried that he might lose his job]

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Main Entry:afraid

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  • afraid for — anxious about the well being of. → afraid …   English new terms dictionary

  • afraid for him — feared for his welfare, frightened for his safety, worried about him …   English contemporary dictionary

  • afraid — a|fraid [ ə freıd ] adjective never before noun *** 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:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • afraid — a|fraid W2S1 [əˈfreıd] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Past participle of affray to frighten (14 19 centuries), from Old French affreer; AFFRAY] 1.) frightened because you think that you may get hurt or that something bad may… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • afraid — adjective (not before noun) 1 I m afraid spoken used to politely tell someone something that may annoy them, upset them or disappoint them: That s the most we can offer you, I m afraid. (+ (that)): I m afraid you ve been given the wrong address.… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • afraid */*/*/ — UK [əˈfreɪd] / US adjective [never before noun] Metaphor: Feeling afraid is like feeling cold. I felt a chill of fear. ♦ An icy hand clutched her heart. ♦ I was in a cold sweat before the audition. ♦ The howling noise sent shivers down his spine …   English dictionary

  • afraid — [[t]əfre͟ɪd[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, oft ADJ of n, ADJ to inf If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think that something very unpleasant is going to happen to you. She did not seem at… …   English dictionary

  • afraid — 01. She was [afraid] she had failed the test, but she did quite well. 02. I m [afraid] you weren t chosen for the job, but we ll certainly keep your resumé on file. 03. Herbie is still [afraid] to sleep with his light off. 04. Borndarasophie was… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • afraid — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel ▪ look, seem, sound ▪ become, grow ▪ make sb …   Collocations dictionary

  • afraid — adjective Etymology: Middle English affraied, from past participle of affraien to frighten more at affray Date: 14th century 1. filled with fear or apprehension < afraid of machines > < afraid for his job > 2. filled with …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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