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English noun: fret

1. fret (state) agitation resulting from active worry


SamplesDon't get in a stew.
He's in a sweat about exams.


Synonymslather, stew, sweat, swither


Broader (hypernym)agitation

2. fret (attribute) a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion


Synonymsworn spot


Broader (hypernym)dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot

3. fret (artifact) an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)


SamplesThere was a simple fret at the top of the walls.


SynonymsGreek fret, Greek key, key pattern


Broader (hypernym)architectural ornament

4. fret (artifact) a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch


Broader (hypernym)bar


English verb: fret

1. fret (emotion) worry unnecessarily or excessively


SamplesDon't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now.


ExamplesSam and Sue fret over the results of the experiment


Synonymsfuss, niggle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)worry


Narrower (hyponym)dither, flap, pother, scruple

2. fret (emotion) be agitated or irritated


SamplesDon't fret over these small details.


ExamplesSam and Sue fret


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)worry


Narrower (hyponym)dither

3. fret (possession) provide (a musical instrument) with frets


SamplesFret a guitar.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

4. fret (perception) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing


Synonymschafe, gall


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)irritate

5. fret (emotion) cause annoyance in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex


Causefret

6. fret (emotion) gnaw into; make resentful or angry


SamplesThe injustice rankled her.
His resentment festered.


ExamplesThe bad news will fret him


Synonymseat into, grate, rankle


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

7. fret (creation) carve a pattern into


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)carve


Narrower (hyponym)honeycomb


Domain categoryhandicraft

8. fret (creation) decorate with an interlaced design


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament

9. fret (contact) be too tight; rub or press


SamplesThis neckband is choking the cat.


Synonymschoke, gag


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

10. fret (contact) cause friction


SamplesMy sweater scratches.


Synonymschafe, fray, rub, scratch


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

11. fret (change) remove soil or rock


SamplesRain eroded the terraces.


Synonymseat away, erode


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)damage


Narrower (hyponym)wash

12. fret (change) wear away or erode


Synonymseat away


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)corrode, rust









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