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

     

    fraught

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//frɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɔːt//
     
     
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  1. 1fraught with something filled with something unpleasant a situation fraught with danger/difficulty/problems
  2. 2(especially British English) causing or feeling worry and anxiety synonym tense She looked/sounded fraught. There was a fraught silence. The atmosphere remained fraught. Things are as fraught as ever in the office.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English, ‘laden, equipped’, past participle of obsolete fraught ‘load with cargo’, from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vracht ‘ship's cargo’. Compare with freight.
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