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 And even if your workout wardrobe isn’t quite as daring, the camo print look is surprisingly wearable. Stephanie Perry, Health.com, "J.Lo Shows Off Her Insane Abs—But Her Sports Bra is Actually Stealing the Show," 18 May 2020 Thirteen was no less daring than its predecessors,... Jim Lovell And Jim Bridenstine, WSJ, "Apollo 13 Reminds Us of Hard Things Worth Doing," 10 Apr. 2020 Dern’s dress, in blush tones with black embroidery and tassels, was more daring. Washington Post, "The Oscars red carpet was diverse, even if the nominees weren’t," 10 Feb. 2020 Its ideas are bold and daring, highly creative, and extraordinarily imaginative. Conor Purcell, Ars Technica, "Can we craft a theory in which space and time aren’t assumed to exist?," 20 Apr. 2020 Every film like Roma, which likely wouldn’t have made it to such a wide audience without Netflix’s help, is a victory for the audiences who get to see it, and for an industry that sometimes struggles to support distinctive and daring work. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "The company’s ongoing bid for awards legitimacy is a terrific boon for its subscribers," 3 Dec. 2018 The squadron, a crack gunnery force built around the armored cruisers Scharnhorst and Gniesnau, was led by Admiral Graf von Spee, probably the most innovative and daring commander in the Imperial German Navy. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, "How computational power—or its absence—shaped World War naval battles," 25 Mar. 2020 Evgueni and Sacha Galperine’s orchestral score is mostly familiar stuff, except for an entrancing atonal piece midway through the movie that offers a glimpse of a more daring and experimental take on the material. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Persian Lessons': Film Review | Berlin 2020," 4 Mar. 2020 In Abbasi and Weiss, Mahanthappa has two equally skilled and daring counterparts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indo-Pak Coalition boldly leaps jazz and South Asian music borders, with a distant nod to Barry Manilow," 5 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Not all of the submariners from that early generation learned the counterintuitive undersea physics required to execute a daring escape, however. Rachel Lance, Wired, "How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine," 7 Apr. 2020 Our March Women’s Fashion issue ventures into worlds of daring and boldness, starting with our cover featuring 20-year-old superstar model Adut Akech. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "Editor Kristina O’Neill on the March 2020 Issue," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of daring


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 Jun. 2020.

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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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