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
Frightened by his outburst, Mangum and her friend moved to the back of the train.
The cheetah at times would jump into the orchestra pit, frightening the musicians.
But there’s nothing funny about it when bullies turn food into a weapon to frighten or harm those with allergies.
As someone who treasured independence, the concept of being trapped in his own body frightened him.
When a door slammed loudly at half past five in the morning, Rihanna got frightened.
On one peculiar Indonesian island, giant birds may have frightened some of our evolutionary cousins.
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Origin and Etymology of frighten
First Known Use: 1630
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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