verb \ˈder\

: to have enough courage or confidence to do something : to not be too afraid to do something

: to do (something that is difficult or that people are usually afraid to do)

: to tell (someone) to do something especially as a way of showing courage

dareddar·ingdares or (auxiliary) dare

Full Definition of DARE

verbal auxiliary
:  to be sufficiently courageous to <no one dared say a word> <she dare not let herself love — G. B. Shaw>
intransitive verb
:  to have sufficient courage <try it if you dare>
transitive verb
a :  to challenge to perform an action especially as a proof of courage <dared him to jump>
b :  to confront boldly :  defy <dared the anger of his family>
:  to have the courage to contend against, venture, or try <the actress dared a new interpretation of this classic role>
dar·er \ˈder-ər\ noun

Examples of DARE

  1. Try it if you dare.
  2. We wanted to laugh but didn't dare.
  3. The actress dared a new interpretation of the classic role.
  4. She dared him to dive off the bridge.
  5. She dared me to ask him out on a date. I did, and he said yes.

Origin of DARE

Middle English dar (1st & 3d singular present indicative), from Old English dear; akin to Old High German gitar (1st & 3d singular present indicative) dare, Greek tharsos courage
First Known Use: before 12th century



: the act of telling someone to do something as a way of showing courage

Full Definition of DARE

:  an act or instance of daring :  challenge <foolishly took a dare>
:  imaginative or vivacious boldness :  daring

First Known Use of DARE




Definition of DARE

Dictionary of American Regional English

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


biographical name \ˈder\

Definition of DARE

Virginia 1587–? 1st child born in America of Eng. parents
DARER Defined for Kids


verb \ˈder\

Definition of DARE for Kids

:  to have courage enough for some purpose :  be bold enough <Try it if you dare.> —sometimes used as a helping verb <The knight looked so solemn about it that Alice did not dare to laugh. — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass>
:  to challenge to do something especially as a proof of courage <I dare you to jump.>
:  to face with courage <They dared the dangerous crossing.>



Definition of DARE for Kids

:  a challenge to do something as proof of courage <I ate the hot pepper on a dare.>


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