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

Partnered with a mysterious stranger, a high school senior joins a popular online game that dares players to perform increasingly dangerous stunts. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 In Des Moines, eight hours after gates opened on Day 1 of the 11-day Iowa fair — a venue that White House contenders ordinarily dare not skip — the number of corn kernels in the Texan’s jar didn’t even cover the bottom. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Did Beto O'Rourke make the right call by skipping the Iowa State Fair after El Paso massacre?," 9 Aug. 2019 On Monday at White Box Live Arts, the Flux Quartet presented an ear-stretching program that tested attention spans in some parts and in others dared listeners to accept a variety of sounds that many would consider noise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: At Fresh Sound concert, Flux Quartet challenges listeners with daring works," 7 Aug. 2019 His wardrobe is packed with denim thongs, assless chaps, and see-through crop tops – wonderfully revealing items most people wouldn't dare wear in public. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Says He Wears Thongs in Public to Destroy Gender Norms: "Clothing Has No Gender"," 23 July 2019 Anti-government groups looking to stick a finger (or a gun barrel) in the government’s eye convened in one location, as if to dare the feds to chase them out. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 Predictive content personalization wouldn’t dare suggest trashy rom-coms to her, right? Rebecca Dolan, WSJ, "Tired of Those Netflix and Amazon ‘Recommendations’? Outwit the Algorithm," 10 July 2019 The court’s decision is the latest in the German sneaker giant’s incredibly long history of trying to elbow out any company that dares to use stripes. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Adidas has sued pretty much everyone who has used stripes," 21 June 2019 With vibrant colors, myriad materials, daring shapes, and over-the-top signage, Googie architecture was optimistic, experimental, and exciting. Diana Budds, Curbed, "As the story goes, Googie got its name when the architecture critic Douglas Haskell was driving around Los Angeles researching a story about all the new splashy coffee shops he spied in the city.," 30 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Double dare: Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who is running for president, thinks Republican President Donald Trump views impeachment hearings as politically advantageous, per USA Today. cleveland.com, "Ohio budget deal due this week: Capitol Letter," 24 June 2019 Sam, from Sydney’s north shore, fell ill from the slug dare and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he was diagnosed as having been infected with rat lungworm. Fox News, "Teen disabled on a dare after swallowing slug leans on family, friends," 2 Apr. 2018 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

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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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