daring

adjective
dar·​ing | \ ˈder-iŋ How to pronounce daring (audio) \

Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: venturesomely bold in action or thought

daring

noun

Definition of daring (Entry 2 of 2)

: venturesome boldness

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Other Words from daring

Adjective

daringly \ ˈder-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce daring (audio) \ adverb
daringness noun

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Adjective

adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense. adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence. adventurous pioneers venturesome implies a jaunty eagerness for perilous undertakings. venturesome stunt pilots daring implies fearlessness in courting danger. daring mountain climbers daredevil stresses ostentation in daring. daredevil motorcyclists rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought. a rash decision reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences. a reckless driver foolhardy suggests a recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense. the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

Examples of daring in a Sentence

Adjective a daring reporter who has covered several wars She's a daring innovator in the field of biotechnology. a daring plan to steal the famous painting She decided to wear a daring dress to the party. ideas that are new and daring the artist's daring use of color Noun Skydiving requires both skill and daring. He performs the trick with the daring of a stuntman.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rather, Lexus is making a bold visual statement with its halo product to signify its place as a maker of daring, distinctive, provocative cars that are also hugely entertaining to drive. Nargess Banks, Forbes, "Driving The Unique 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible Sportscar," 9 Apr. 2021 Forget the sneakers: Kuan went a more daring route and opted for Y/Project’s jelly princess heels. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigen, and Miley Cyrus," 3 Apr. 2021 Not reporting in person to a boss or principal gives more people an excuse to try a more daring style. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonians are embracing the COVID mullet trend. Yep, mullets are back. And they're spectacular.," 15 Mar. 2021 The most daring embrace of the virtual realm has come from the Verdigris Ensemble, a professional choir based in Dallas. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Art and the City: Classical music groups have weathered a difficult year. So how will they respond?," 30 Mar. 2021 Fighting his way north to free himself and his family, outlaw slave Shields Emperor Green joins forces with abolitionist John Brown for a daring raid in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in 1859. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 An American hostage has been rescued in West Africa by SEAL Team 6 in a daring raid, Fox News has learned. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News, "American hostage rescued in West Africa by SEAL Team 6 in daring raid," 31 Oct. 2020 More than 24,000 people have had to flee its path, including hundreds of campers who had to be airlifted from to safety in a daring military rescue. Washington Post, "Trump admin rejects emergency aid for California fires, including biggest blaze in state history," 16 Oct. 2020 At least 50 other people didn't get out so quickly and had to be evacuated in a daring helicopter rescue executed by the U.S. National Guard, which used night-vision and infrared sensors to navigate the dark and smoke. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Creek Fire ignites fire management debate on 102 million trees killed by beetles, drought," 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Besides political daring and courage, leaders need the patience to make sandbox engines work. David Nour, Forbes, "Real Corporate Innovation Needs Board-Level Stewardship," 5 Mar. 2021 Their influence comes through in Lockwood’s novel, lodged at the root of her formal daring: an embrace of writers like W. G. Sebald and the postmodernist David Markson alongside Diaryland, Carver, and the perfect kooky sext. Joanne Mcneil, Vulture, "Patricia Lockwood’s Infinite Scroll," 12 Feb. 2021 The dance, a little drunken, shows Mikkelsen’s nimble ability to balance daring and control. New York Times, "His Dancing Days Were Over. Then Came ‘Another Round.’," 12 Jan. 2021 In 2017, after Horn completed a daring, 3,100-mile solo kite-ski crossing of Antarctica, Ousland called with congratulations. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 Campbell's crowning fashion achievements are marked by their daring. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "At 50, Naomi Campbell Remains at the Pinnacle of Supermodel Style," 19 Oct. 2020 And yet, 75 years after V-J Day, there are still stories of wartime courage and daring that haven’t been publicly told. oregonlive, "He survived a horrific plane crash in the jungle -- then the enemy came for him: An untold World War II story of survival," 14 Oct. 2020 There was a period in your career when a big part of your work — at least for audiences — had to do with your daring. David Marchese, New York Times, "Nicole Kidman Leans Into the Pain," 5 Oct. 2020 Ross grasps the imaginative daring of Busoni’s wild ride of a concerto. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "The Cults of Wagner," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of daring

Adjective

1575, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

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16 Apr 2021

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“Daring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daring. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for daring

daring

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: willing to do dangerous or difficult things
: showing a lack of fear

daring

noun

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

: the quality of being willing to do dangerous or difficult things : courage or fearlessness

daring

adjective
dar·​ing | \ ˈder-ing \

Kids Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: ready to take risks : bold, venturesome a daring explorer

daring

noun

Kids Definition of daring (Entry 2 of 2)

: bold fearlessness : readiness to take chances It took daring to fly the first airplanes.

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