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scare

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verb \ˈsker\

Simple Definition of scare

  • : to cause (someone) to become afraid

  • : to become afraid

Full Definition of scare

scaredscar·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to frighten especially suddenly :  alarm

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become scared

scar·er noun

Examples of scare

  1. You scared me. I didn't see you there.

  2. Stop that, you're scaring the children.



Origin of scare

Middle English skerren, from Old Norse skirra, from skjarr shy, timid


First Known Use: 13th century


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scare

noun

Simple Definition of scare

  • : a sudden feeling of fear

  • : a situation in which a lot of people become afraid because of some threat, danger, etc.

Full Definition of scare

  1. 1 :  a sudden fright

  2. 2 :  a widespread state of alarm :  panic

scare adjective

Examples of scare

  1. There have been scares about the water supply being contaminated.

  2. <fired over their heads in order to throw a scare into them>



Circa 1548

First Known Use of scare

circa 1548




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