dare

verb
\ ˈder How to pronounce dare (audio) \
dared; daring; dares or (auxiliary) dare

Definition of dare

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

1a : 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

dare

noun

Definition of dare (Entry 2 of 4)

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

Definition of DARE (Entry 3 of 4)

Dictionary of American Regional English

Dare

biographical name
\ ˈder How to pronounce Dare (audio) \

Definition of Dare (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Other Words from dare

Verb

darer \ ˈder-​ər How to pronounce darer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for dare

Synonyms: Verb

challenge, defy, stump

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Examples of dare in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No one would dare suggest that feminist icon Margaret Sanger’s name be removed from awards, dinners, or monuments, given that by any modern standard she would be classified as a racist eugenicist. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 Since Mother Nature wouldn’t dare step on the toes of high school football in Texas, every week will see the first games start at 5 p.m. Contests will be held simultaneously at each end of Abshier Stadium. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Abshier Stadium to begin hosting 7-on-7 games this week," 5 June 2019 Others aren’t even that popular in their home states; this includes Beto O’Rourke, who just lost to Ted Cruz statewide in the Texas Senate race, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who didn’t dare try to run in 2018. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 Who would dare tell J.K. Rowling that her timeline is off? Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 No big challenge has ever been solved and no lasting improvement has ever been achieved unless people dare to try something different. Fox News, "Lewandowski on chances Trump will sit down with Mueller; Larry Kudlow talks North Korea summit, trade," 3 June 2018 Unless this independent investigation that the Sixers have launched clears him completely, what coach or coworker or prospective free agent would ever dare to take him at his word again? Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo's core flaw? He was too insecure about Sam Hinkie | Mike Sielski," 31 May 2018 This is a fair warning to anyone who dares to try messing with Pink. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Pink Owns a Twitter Hater Who Called Her 'Old': 'I've Earned Every F*cking Minute of My 38 Years'," 16 May 2018 Working with a Jordanian couple who had lost six babies — two in infancy, four in miscarriages — to Leigh syndrome, a heritable neurological disorder, Zhang put to practical use a procedure that others had dared to try only on animals. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, "This fertility doctor is pushing the boundaries of human reproduction, with little regulation," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As What/If is Zellweger’s first episodic show, the whole shoot felt like her own personal dare—a rehearsal nut shooting a pilot before the series finale had even been written. Amy Nicholson, Town & Country, "What/If Made Renée Zellweger "Uncomfortable" And She Loved It," 24 May 2019 The Problem With Random Growth Sheffield and Miller began collaborating thanks to a kind of dare. Quanta Magazine, "A Unified Theory of Randomness," 2 Aug. 2016 But on a dare, she and a friend ventured into the shed and painted each wasp with a different identifying dot of paint, the standard preparation for studying the social dynamics of an insect colony. Quanta Magazine, "The Woman Who Stared at Wasps," 5 Nov. 2015 When that dare got old, Shields simply started carrying the gold medal with her and flashed it to her skeptics. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Shields wants to lift women’s boxing into mainstream," 12 Apr. 2019 The truths were just as wild as the dares and these actors were more than ready to play. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""On My Block" Stars Play Teen Vogue's "I Dare You"," 5 Apr. 2019 The Australian had swallowed a live slug on a dare back then. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018 Inevitably, these types of conversations are awkward and mostly avoid where even the brave dare not go. WSJ, "The Father-Son Talk in the Age of #MeToo," 30 Oct. 2018 But a stroll alone on the grounds of this Gothic Revival cathedral at night is more of a dare. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of dare

Verb

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

Noun

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dare

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

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dare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to have enough courage or confidence to do something : to not be too afraid to do something
: to do (something that is difficult or that people are usually afraid to do)
: to tell (someone) to do something especially as a way of showing courage

dare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of telling someone to do something as a way of showing courage

dare

verb
\ ˈder How to pronounce dare (audio) \
dared; daring

Kids Definition of dare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to have courage enough for some purpose : be bold enough Try it if you dare. sometimes used as a helping verb The knight looked so solemn about it that Alice did not dare to laugh.— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
2 : to challenge to do something especially as a proof of courage I dare you to jump.
3 : to face with courage They dared the dangerous crossing.

dare

noun

Kids Definition of dare (Entry 2 of 2)

: a challenge to do something as proof of courage I ate the hot pepper on a dare.

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