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frighten

verb fright·en \ˈfrī-tən\

: to cause (someone) to become afraid

: to become afraid

fright·enedfright·en·ing \ˈfrī-tən-iŋ, ˈfrīt-niŋ\

Full Definition of FRIGHTEN

transitive verb
1
:  to make afraid :  terrify
2
:  to drive or force by frightening <frightened the boy into confessing>
intransitive verb
:  to become frightened
fright·en·ing·ly \-tən-iŋ-lē, -niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of FRIGHTEN

  1. The story really frightened me.
  2. The child was badly frightened by the mask.

First Known Use of FRIGHTEN

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