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

Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: venturesomely bold in action or thought



Definition of daring (Entry 2 of 2)

: venturesome boldness

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

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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 The information comes to light as another former Nissan executive and the company itself face a looming trial in Tokyo, and as Japan seeks the extradition of Ghosn, 66, who fled to Lebanon in a daring escape last year. Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg.com, "Nissan Email Trail Casts New Light on Carlos Ghosn Takedown," 15 June 2020 Its later half, in particular, is formally and stylistically daring, pulling narrative tricks and reversals that manage to enrich the central narrative in surprising ways. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Last of Us Part II Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow," 12 June 2020 But for people who are in positions of real power—those executives and board members who can exert influence over who fills their spot—Ohanian has presented a fairly daring way to make a impact. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "“Resignation can be an act of leadership”: Why Alexis Ohanian gave up his Reddit board seat," 6 June 2020 The renowned adventurer and filmmaker has spent the past 20 years traveling the world, pushing himself to conquer one historic challenge after another, and engaging in the sort of daring activities that would be beyond many people's imaginations. Celine Ramseyer, CNN, "Oscar-winning director Jimmy Chin on fear, risk and finding the edge," 14 May 2020 Last month, the show Radiolab played part of an interview with the musician Esperanza Spalding, a person somehow daring enough to face the world with hope blazing in her very name. Matt Thompson, The Atlantic, "Surviving This Pandemic Isn’t Enough," 10 May 2020 On this day, the daring French advance guard even reached the top of the walls and hoisted the imperial eagle of the French flag. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Real History of Cinco de Mayo," 5 May 2020 Leaving your kids in the car for three minutes to get a coffee can be grounds for a call to Child Protective Services and daring to bottle-feed your baby without trying to breastfeed can lead to criticism from strangers. Pooja Lakshmin, New York Times, "Mothers Don’t Have to Be Martyrs," 5 May 2020 The seaside trip through pirate dalliances has expanded from a daring boat ride with a catchy soundtrack to the source material for a multibillion-dollar blockbuster movie franchise. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, "All of the Rides at Disneyland, Ranked From Worst to Best," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company known for daring played it safe, and the result doesn't score big with us. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range Crosses Over Into the Mainstream," 24 June 2020 While this class does not teach fashion design, Marc Jacobs offers another MasterClass that will walk you through the steps of taking your sketch and turning it into a daring piece. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "15 of the Coolest MasterClass Courses You Can Take Right Now," 14 Apr. 2020 If California’s lower infection and death totals could owe to a wide variety of still undetermined factors, the state’s efforts, especially its partnership with San Francisco, were marked by both cooperation and a degree of daring. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.," 16 May 2020 Lee’s particular daring is in denying that survival option. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘We’re Gonna Die,’ Pop Songs for the Reaper," 25 Feb. 2020 Many of these songs sparkle with insight and the daring of a shape-shifting vocalist, but a handful assume too readily that maturity and seriousness are only achieved through dour restraint. Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times, "Hayley Williams Lays Down New Roots on Her First Solo Album," 8 May 2020 His daring on the playground also stems from increasing confidence and comfort separating from parents and caregivers for longer periods of time. New York Times, "The science of your 4-year-old," 18 Apr. 2020 Delayed since last fall in the wake of mass shootings, the film is being touted as a daring, politically incorrect edgy satire. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: The Hunt is every bit as bad and offensive as we suspected," 14 Mar. 2020 Without ever flaunting its daring, Better Things is a groundbreaking show—witty, impressionistic, and sneakily deep. Vogue, "The 18 Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far)," 28 Oct. 2019

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1575, in the meaning defined above


1584, in the meaning defined above

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“Daring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daring. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce daring (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


dar·​ing | \ ˈder-ing \

Kids Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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