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fret1  audio  (frt) KEY 

VERB:
fret·ted, fret·ting, frets
VERB:
tr.
  1. To cause to be uneasy; vex: "fret thy soul with crosses and with cares" (Edmund Spenser).
    1. To gnaw or wear away; erode.
    2. To produce a hole or worn spot in; corrode. See Synonyms at chafe.
  2. To form (a passage or channel) by erosion.
  3. To disturb the surface of (water or a stream); agitate.
VERB:
intr.
  1. To be vexed or troubled; worry. See Synonyms at brood.
  2. To be worn or eaten away; become corroded.
  3. To move agitatedly.
  4. To gnaw with the teeth in the manner of a rodent.
NOUN:
  1. The act or an instance of fretting.
  2. A hole or worn spot made by abrasion or erosion.
  3. Irritation of mind; agitation.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English freten, from Old English fretan, to devour; see ed- in Indo-European roots


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