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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
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Examples of FRIGHTEN

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

First Known Use of FRIGHTEN

1630
FRIGHTENED Defined for Kids

frighten

verb fright·en \ˈfrī-tən\
fright·enedfright·en·ing

Definition of FRIGHTEN for Kids

:  to make afraid :  terrify
fright·en·ing·ly adverb

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