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terrify

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transitive verb ter·ri·fy \ˈter-ə-ˌfī, ˈte-rə-\

Simple Definition of terrify

  • : to cause (someone) to be extremely afraid : to frighten (someone) very much

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of terrify

terrifiedterrifying

  1. 1a :  to drive or impel by menacing :  scareb :  deter, intimidate

  2. 2 :  to fill with terror

Examples of terrify in a sentence

  1. The thought of dying alone terrifies her.

  2. <the prospect of speaking in front of a huge crowd of people absolutely terrifies me>



Origin of terrify

Latin terrificare, from terrificus


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with terrify

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TERRIFY Defined for Kids

terrify

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verb ter·ri·fy \ˈter-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of terrify for Students

terrifiedterrifying

  1. :  to cause (someone) to become very frightened





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