frighten

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verb fright·en \ˈfrī-tən\

Definition of frighten

frightened

;

frightening

play \ˈfrī-tən-iŋ, ˈfrīt-niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make afraid :  terrify The movie scene frightened the child.

  3. 2 :  to drive or force by frightening frightened the boy into confessing

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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

see 1fright



FRIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

frighten

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verb

Definition of frighten for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to become afraid

  • : to become afraid


FRIGHTEN Defined for Kids

frighten

play
verb fright·en \ˈfrī-tən\

Definition of frighten for Students

frightened

;

frightening

  1. :  to make afraid :  terrify

frighteningly

adverb


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