Definition of frighten
frighteningplay \ˈfrī-tən-iŋ, ˈfrīt-niŋ\
frighteninglyplay \ˈfrī-tən-iŋ-lē, ˈfrīt-niŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of frighten in a Sentence
The story really frightened me.
The child was badly frightened by the mask.
Recent Examples of frighten from the Web
No one would be killed, but the fires left this red county in a blue state both focused and frightened.
Criminals also wield their cellphones like weapons to frighten and steal from unsuspecting people.
The dynamic of this beauty contests has swung sharply in recent years, as the cost of hosting has frightened even wealthy cities such as Boston, Stockholm and Hamburg out of pursuing their bids.
The fact that people could have rich, varied sex lives without ever leaving their couches both fascinated and frightened her.
This might frighten away some of the transplants accustomed to the manicured chaininess of Scottsdale, but no true barbecue lover worries about such things.
Garshelis and Kasworm added that the behavior of the mother bear indicates it was likely frightened by Roseman's boat.
The sun going dark in the middle of the day understandably frightened our ancient (and not so ancient) ancestors.
And some of the things that have happened recently have really frightened me.
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FRIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frighten for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to become afraid
: to become afraid
FRIGHTEN Defined for Kids
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