Definition of frighten
- The movie scene frightened the child.
- frightened the boy into confessing
The story really frightened me.
The child was badly frightened by the mask.
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give one the creeps, make one's flesh creep (or crawl);
: to cause (someone) to become afraid
: to become afraid
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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