daring

adjective
dar·​ing | \ ˈder-iŋ \

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 \ 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

Christian Bale’s black shirt and tie at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011 was seen as a daring break with tradition. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 And that wasn’t the only daring outfit Miley sported on SNL. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Performs on "Saturday Night Live" in Silver Jacket With No Shirt," 16 Dec. 2018 Princess Caroline wore a matching clutch and dangling jeweled earrings, along with daring black and gold cage sandals. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Caroline of Monaco Shut It Down in a Red Caped Dress," 20 Nov. 2018 Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are known for their dazzling and meticulously researched work on films like Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet and a daring 2002 Broadway staging of the opera La Bohème. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Inside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's Elegantly Theatrical New York Townhouse," 5 Nov. 2018 And while a nude lip and sultry neutral eye may be her makeup bread and butter, Emrata has been known to shake things up in the makeup department with a daring beauty moment. Hannah Morrill, Allure, "Emily Ratajkowski's Best Beauty Looks of All Time," 11 Oct. 2018 To cast Rosenstein as a daring leaker who would risk his whole career for a moment of smug self-satisfaction would be something like putting Dan Ackroyd as Billy Ray Valentine instead of Louis Winthrop III. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 Such perceptions are consistent with the popular image of the firefighter as a daring individual who is willing to risk life and limb to save the life of a total stranger and who is lauded for doing so. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 That daring combination of simplicity and dexterity make this an extraordinary piece of stagecraft. The Economist, "On stage, the saga of the Lehman brothers is a parable of America," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In June, a raccoon was captured making a daring climb up a Minnesota building. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Dramatic video shows daring raccoon scaling building before leaping off," 22 Sep. 2018 Will Leonard Bernstein ever be matched in the breadth of his musical knowledge, the passion of his commitment to musical education, his daring to incorporate many kinds of music into his compositions? Karen Lubeck, Town & Country, "Leonard Bernstein's Centennial Celebration Concert at Tanglewood," 18 Sep. 2018 The decision was seen by some observers as a daring bid by a hidebound cultural establishment to keep up with the times. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "After Nobel prize falls to #MeToo, what's next for literature's highest honor?," 7 May 2018 Google decided to go for circular keycaps, which is a daring design choice that I’m not fully sold on yet. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Pixel Slate: first look at Google’s new tablet," 9 Oct. 2018 While the world was focused on the incredible rescue of a soccer team in Thailand, another daring rescue was happening right here in the United States. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Rescuers Airlift Man Off Mt. Hood With Tricky Chinook Helicopter Maneuver," 17 July 2018 Expect the unexpected–Chopra could continue going fashion-forward, go super daring, or lean toward the traditional as the day nears. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Goes Glam for Her Breakfast at Tiffany's Themed Bridal Shower," 29 Oct. 2018 Elianna and her mother, Nichelle Obar, were the first patients in an experiment that pushes the limits of fetal therapy, a field already known for its daring. New York Times, "Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth," 25 May 2018 For this young family's TV room (on the right), a vintage James Mont credenza in a high-gloss Chinese red lacquer makes a daring, modern statement. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, "How To Reimagine Vintage Pieces in a Contemporary Space," 3 Mar. 2014

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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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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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