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frighten

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verb fright·en \ˈfrī-tən\

Simple Definition of frighten

  • : to cause (someone) to become afraid

  • : to become afraid

Full Definition of frighten

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make afraid :  terrify

  3. 2 :  to drive or force by frightening <frightened the boy into confessing>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become frightened

fright·en·ing·ly play \-tən-iŋ-lē, -niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of frighten

  1. The story really frightened me.

  2. The child was badly frightened by the mask.



1630

First Known Use of frighten

1630




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