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 daringly (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

Basically the universe is asking you to have more fun and be more daring in love and creativity. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Find Out What 2019 Has In Store For Your Zodiac Sign," 27 Dec. 2018 At a time when many Hollywood franchises are content to deliver exactly what audiences expect, The Last Jedi’s swerves are genuinely daring. Scott Meslow, GQ, "The Last Jedi (AKA the Second-Best Star Wars Movie) Is Now on Netflix," 26 June 2018 The most daring style move seen at men’s Fashion Week? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "5 Menswear Style Hacks Every Woman Should Know," 14 Jan. 2019 But for his performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, last night, Lil Wayne upped the ante on his comfy Ugg obsession by wearing his most daring pair yet. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lil Wayne’s Uggs Obsession Just Went Next-Level," 28 Dec. 2018 This is footage of a daring rescue on Mount Hood, which is Oregon's highest mountain. Fox News, "Outrage follows Trump-Putin summit," 18 July 2018 The 20-year-old's daring style is always one of the most talked about looks of any event and this night was no different. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wore a Head-to-Toe Lingerie Outfit to the Golden Globes Afterparty," 7 Jan. 2019 Benson’s original Nancy Drew, depicted in books such as The Hidden Staircase, The Secret at Shadow Ranch, and The Clue in the Crumbling Wall, was a brash and daring sleuth. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 Now, the Stanford neuroscientist is embarking on a different kind of daring quest, testing an intriguing but unproven hypothesis: that virtual reality could be used to preserve or even restore vision for patients with glaucoma. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is one of those inspirational all-American tales of a poor immigrant’s son going from rags to riches with good old-fashioned hard work and sheer daring. John Williams, New York Times, "Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Rags-to-Riches Life of Kirk Kerkorian," 21 Jan. 2018 On the 2019 red carpet, Emma took a risk with a daring, sharp-shoulder Louis Vuitton outfit, featuring lots and lots of copper sequins. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Emma Stone's 2019 Oscars Dress Is Basically a Sequin-Covered Honey Comb," 25 Feb. 2019 With a daring and often wild run, Shiffrin won the super-G by 0.02 seconds at the skiing world championships Tuesday for her first medal in a speed event at a major championship. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds," 5 Feb. 2019 As her experiment evolves, Ms. Zizka must balance artistic daring with pragmatic considerations that American nonprofit institutions inevitably face. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "A Philadelphia Theater Heading, and Sweating, in a New Direction," 3 Jan. 2018 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

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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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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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