Definition of fret verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fret

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fret//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fret//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fret
BrE BrE//fret//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fret//
 
he / she / it frets
BrE BrE//frets//
 
; NAmE NAmE//frets//
 
past simple fretted
BrE BrE//ˈfretɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfretɪd//
 
past participle fretted
BrE BrE//ˈfretɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfretɪd//
 
-ing form fretting
BrE BrE//ˈfretɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfretɪŋ//
 
Nervous
 
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(fretting, fretted) [intransitive, transitive] fret (about/over something) | fret (that…) (especially British English) to be worried or unhappy and not able to relax Fretting about it won't help. Her baby starts to fret as soon as she goes out of the room. Fretting, he looked again at his watch. See related entries: Nervous Word Originverb Old English fretan ‘devour, consume’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vreten and German fressen, and ultimately to eat.
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