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 loveG. 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Season two of the Jonny, Thom and Tom show is lush, brilliantly layered and brimming with daring transformations. Spin Staff, SPIN, 3 June 2024 The skirt included a daring slit and dramatic train, both of which showed off Milania's silver platform heels. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 31 May 2024
Noun
This show can feel like a provocation, a dare to hate Carmichael, then love him and back again. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 13 May 2024 This includes dares, games, tricks, inappropriate use of dangerous tools, eating substances that are harmful to one's health, or similar activities that may lead to significant physical harm. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dare 

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Dare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dare. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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