frighten

verb fright·en \ ˈfrī-tᵊn \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

Definition of frighten

frightened; frightening play \ˈfrī-tᵊn-iŋ, ˈfrīt-niŋ\
1 : to make afraid : terrify
  • The movie scene frightened the child.
2 : to drive or force by frightening
  • frightened the boy into confessing
: to become frightened
  • She doesn't frighten easily.

frighteningly

play \ˈfrī-tᵊn-iŋ-lē, ˈfrīt-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of frighten in a Sentence

  1. The story really frightened me.

  2. The child was badly frightened by the mask.

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Origin and Etymology of frighten

frighten Synonyms



FRIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

frighten

Definition of frighten for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to become afraid

  • : to become afraid


FRIGHTEN Defined for Kids

frighten

verb fright·en \ ˈfrī-tᵊn \

Definition of frighten for Students

frightened; frightening
: to make afraid : terrify

frighteningly

adverb


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