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dare

play
verb \ˈder\

Definition of dare

dared

;

daring

;

dares

or (auxiliary)

dare

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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to have sufficient courage try it if you dare

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1a :  to challenge to perform an action especially as a proof of courage dared him to jumpb :  to confront boldly :  defy dared the anger of his family

  7. 2 :  to have the courage to contend against, venture, or try the actress dared a new interpretation of the classic role

darer

play \ˈder-ər\ noun

Examples of dare in a sentence

  1. Try it if you dare.

  2. We wanted to laugh but didn't dare.

  3. The actress dared a new interpretation of the classic role.

  4. She dared him to dive off the bridge.

  5. She dared me to ask him out on a date. I did, and he said yes.

Origin and Etymology of dare

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dare

noun

Definition of dare

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of daring (see 1dare 1) :  challenge crossed the river on a dare refused to take the dare

  2. 2 :  imaginative or vivacious boldness :  daring

Origin and Etymology of dare

see 1dare


First Known Use: 1594


DARE

abbreviation

Definition of DARE

  1. Dictionary of American Regional English


Dare

play
biographical name \ˈder\

Definition of Dare

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



DARE Defined for English Language Learners

1

dare

play
verb \ˈder\

Definition of dare for English Language Learners

  • : 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


2

dare

noun

Definition of dare for English Language Learners

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


DARE Defined for Kids

1

dare

play
verb \ˈder\

Definition of dare for Students

dared

;

daring

  1. 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. 2 :  to challenge to do something especially as a proof of courage I dare you to jump.

  3. 3 :  to face with courage They dared the dangerous crossing.


2

dare

play
noun

Definition of dare for Students

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



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