dare

1 of 3

verb

dared; daring; dares or (auxiliary) dare

auxiliary verb

: to be sufficiently courageous to
no one dared say a word
she dare not let herself love G. B. Shaw

intransitive verb

: to have sufficient courage
try it if you dare

transitive verb

1
a
: to challenge to perform an action especially as a proof of courage
dared him to jump
b
: to confront boldly : defy
dared the anger of his family
2
: to have the courage to contend against, venture, or try
the actress dared a new interpretation of the classic role
darer noun

dare

2 of 3

noun

1
: an act or instance of daring (see dare entry 1 sense 1) : challenge
crossed the river on a dare
refused to take the dare
2
: imaginative or vivacious boldness : daring

DARE

3 of 3

abbreviation

Dictionary of American Regional English

Example Sentences

Verb Try it if you dare. We wanted to laugh but didn't dare. The actress dared a new interpretation of the classic role. She dared him to dive off the bridge. She dared me to ask him out on a date. I did, and he said yes.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
This is especially true of those who dare, as some did, to shout out slogans not just for lifting lockdown, but for broader political change. Christopher Rea And Jeffrey Wasserstrom, CNN, 1 Dec. 2022 Widespread protests are rare in China's repressive political environment, and police are cracking down harshly on students and workers who dare to demonstrate. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 27 Nov. 2022 Instead, authorities appear hellbent on making unnecessary trouble, confiscating rainbow flags and hats from fans who dare to endorse equality and inclusion. Time, 23 Nov. 2022 For women who dare to step up to play an instrument, and not merely sing to front male players, there’s a high standard waiting that has nothing to do with music. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2022 There will be almost no Trump critics in the House GOP — none who dare voice their qualms, at least. Doyle Mcmanuswashington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2022 In Jafar’s film, Zara gives explicit voice to her life as an exile, citing her imprisonment and torture in Iran, even as such menaces loom over Jafar—over Panahi—and others who dare to oppose the regime and its policies. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2022 In a fight that’s over in seconds, Bowser asks who could dare challenge him. Gene Park, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022 United is still a troubled team, but its fans can now dare themselves to hope that, just maybe, new manager Erik ten Hag could in time bring it back to glory. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022
Noun
On Monday night, the Uncut Gems star attended the sartorial bash in New York City and didn't disappoint with her trademark dare-to-bare fashion. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 Since the 1975’s debut in 2013, each successive album from the band has felt like a response to a dare. Alex Swhear, Variety, 14 Oct. 2022 Then on a dare, both decided to divide it … and eat it. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2022 If anyone goes near the corpse on a dare or out of curiosity, they’ll be met with cries of distress. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 15 Sep. 2022 Ukraine has said Russian forces use the sprawling site as a fortress to launch artillery attacks, knowing that the Ukrainians across the river dare not fire back, for fear of hitting vital equipment and causing a radiation catastrophe. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2022 The Pogues originally wrote this song on a dare — a challenge put forth by Elvis Costello! Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 25 Aug. 2022 The 13-year-old boy, who told police the girl acted voluntarily on a dare, is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center on rape charges. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 14 Aug. 2022 To up the guy in your life's game night fun, do a dare when the green blocks are pulled and ask a truth when the wood ones are chosen. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

Middle English dar (1st & 3rd singular present indicative), from Old English dear; akin to Old High German gitar (1st & 3rd singular present indicative) dare, Greek tharsos courage

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense

Noun

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dare was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near dare

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Cite this Entry

“Dare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dare. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

dare

1 of 2 verb
ˈda(ə)r How to pronounce dare (audio)
ˈde(ə)r
dared; daring
1
a
: to have enough courage : be bold enough to
try it if you dare
b
used as a helping verb
no one dared say a word
2
: to challenge to perform an action especially as a proof of courage
I dare you
3
: to face boldly
dared the dangerous crossing

dare

2 of 2 noun
: an act or instance of daring : challenge
dived from the bridge on a dare

Biographical Definition

Dare

biographical name

Virginia 1587–? 1st child born in America of English parents

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