frighten

play
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

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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become frightened

frighteningly

play \-tən-iŋ-lē, -niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of frighten in a sentence

  1. The story really frightened me.

  2. The child was badly frightened by the mask.

1630

First Known Use of frighten

1630



FRIGHTEN Defined for English Language Learners

frighten

play
verb fright·en \ˈfrī-tən\

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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