Definition of 'fret'
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You can solve problems while others just fret about them. The Sun (2016)Worried chaps really do have something to fret about. Times, Sunday Times (2016)When she fretted about not doing well he would offer advice. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Something to be fretted over and regretted. Times, Sunday Times (2017)While colleagues fret and worry about problems, you are already coming up with solutions. The Sun (2016)They've stopped fretting about lumps and bumps the way they once did. The Sun (2016)The British are fretting less about job security but are more wary about spending. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And don't fret about any lasting scars. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We fret about the reaction of the public if we lose. Christianity Today (2000)It means people fret away an average of two years and four months of their adulthood. The Sun (2010)And they fret that no one seems to know what to do about it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He was fretting over the cost of a dry cleaning bill. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Anxious bond and currency traders began to fret that something was wrong. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Your mood is businesslike so you could find smart solutions while others still fret about the problems. The Sun (2010)Love gets stronger when you stop fretting about the future of a relationship. The Sun (2010)Many parents fret about the effect all this is having on the smallest of schoolchildren. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She also fretted about the effect on her own property. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Europe has good reason to fret about all this. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Do pushy parents need to fret? Times, Sunday Times (2013)The stock lost five per cent on news of his departure as investors fretted that the firm will struggle without its founder. The Sun (2015) Investors are fretting over the possibility of a government default by any one of half a dozen European countries. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Focus on the strength of your relationship and only fret if something is clearly wrong now - in the present. The Sun (2013)Do not worry or fret. Times, Sunday Times (2013)No one is fretting about Brazil winning with style any more, just winning. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'fret'
British English: fret /frɛt/ VERB
If you fret about something, you worry about it.
She is fretting about her sick children.
- American English: fret
- Arabic: يُقْلِقُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: inquietar-se
- Chinese: 烦恼
- Croatian: brinuti se
- Czech: trápit se
- Danish: bekymre(sig)
- Dutch: piekeren
- European Spanish: inquietarse
- Finnish: murehtia
- French: s’agiter
- German: aufregen (sich)
- Greek: ανησυχώ
- Italian: preoccuparsi
- Japanese: 気をもむ
- Korean: 안달나다
- Norwegian: bekymre seg
- Polish: zaniepokoić
- European Portuguese: atormentar
- Romanian: a se îngrijora
- Russian: беспокоить(ся)
- Spanish: inquietarse
- Swedish: reta upp (sig)
- Thai: กลัดกลุ้ม
- Turkish: endişe etmek
- Ukrainian: хвилюватися
- Vietnamese: lo lắng
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