Definition of frightening adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

frightening

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adjective
BrE BrE//ˈfraɪtnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfraɪtnɪŋ//
 
 
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making you feel afraid a frightening experience/prospect/thought It's frightening to think it could happen again. The noise was frightening.Extra examples It was all very frightening to a small boy. The situation was getting frightening. This is extremely frightening for elderly people. What can we do to make the experience less frightening? It’s frightening to think it could happen again.
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