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
The fact that people could have rich, varied sex lives without ever leaving their couches both fascinated and frightened her.
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.
That request was supported by the vice president of the bank and the teller whom Ripple frightened, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania.
The strategy, which may have frightened some investors, seems to be working: in April, Facebook announced that Instagram Stories now has 200 million daily active users.
The idea of running 100 miles in a terrain favorable to bighorn sheep frightens him a little.
Telling people not to be frightened by such acts—that fear is what the terrorists want—does not make those acts less frightening.
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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
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