Afraid

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Definition

to be afraid (of snakes): to fear, to be scared (of snakes)
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I'm afraid of spiders.

(I'm) afraid (that he is very sick): (I'm) sad, sorry, concerned, worried (that he is very sick)
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I'm afraid to say that (your plant is dead): I am sad to have to tell you that (your plant is dead), I regret to have to inform you that (your plant is dead)
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Examples

  • "Art dealer : But, I'm afraid to say it's been sold."
  • "I've interviewed scores of candidates, and I'm afraid to say that none of them is up to par."
  • "I'm afraid to say you were right."
  • "Edward : I appreciate your frustration, Mr Smith, but I'm afraid to say that Delavigne fragrances are not designed to light barbecues."
  • "I read your CV with interest, but I'm afraid to say we have no suitable vacancies at present."
  • "They are trying to break me, Bruno, and I am afraid that despite my rugged, tough exterior, I may not last."
  • "'I'm afraid we are currently experiencing cash-flow problems and will not be able to pay for the shipment of perfumes until next month."
  • "Brian : I'm afraid that's out of the question."
  • "Kevin : Yep, I'm afraid so."
  • "I'm afraid you're disqualified!"

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