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Language: Old English
Origin: fretan 'to eat'

fret

1 verb
     
fret1 past tense and past participle fretted, present participle fretting [intransitive]
to worry about something, especially when there is no need:
Don't fret - everything will be all right.
fret about/over
She's always fretting about the children.
fret that
men of fifty, fretting that they're no longer young

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