scare

verb
\ˈsker \
scared; scaring

Definition of scare 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to frighten especially suddenly : alarm

scare

noun

Definition of scare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sudden fright

2 : a widespread state of alarm : panic

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Other Words from scare

Verb

scarer noun

Noun

scare adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for scare

Synonyms: Verb

alarm (also alarum), fright, frighten, horrify, panic, shock, spook, startle, terrify, terrorize

Synonyms: Noun

alarm (also alarum), anxiety, dread, fear, fearfulness, fright, horror, panic, terror, trepidation

Antonyms: Verb

reassure

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Examples of scare in a Sentence

Verb

You scared me. I didn't see you there. Stop that, you're scaring the children.

Noun

There have been scares about the water supply being contaminated. fired over their heads in order to throw a scare into them
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Herve Renard's side kept up their dominance in the first period, yet the Iranians managed to scare them on the counter a few times. SI.com, "Morocco 0-1 Iran: Team Melli Escape With Late Win Through Unfortunate Own Goal," 15 June 2018 And just in case the house wasn't creepy enough, Ellen brings along a squeaky toy to scare Andy throughout the tour. Katelyn Lunders, Country Living, "Ellen Forced Andy to Go on the 'It' House Halloween Tour with Her and It's Gold," 1 Nov. 2017 Don't let the spice scare you ... but keep some water nearby, just in case. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Where to find your new favorite margarita in Chicago," 4 May 2017 Zoo Idaho staff asked the public to avoid the area to help minimize disturbances that would further scare the bear and keep it in the tree. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "Wild bear breaks into S. Idaho zoo, climbs tree to wait out Fish and Game officials," 3 July 2018 During the December 2015 robbery, Minore used a World War II-era hand grenade to scare employees away from the bank vault, the FBI said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Michigan man reported a school shooting. It was a diversion from the real crime, FBI says | Miami Herald," 11 Apr. 2018 The practice is typically used to scare, embarrass or smear the reputation of a target, bu tcan have much more serious consequences. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bomb threats at North County high schools likely a 'swatting' hoax," 23 Mar. 2018 And Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom are political demagogues who are using this issue to scare people, to create a war with Washington that shouldn't exist. Fox News, "Is Pennsylvania special election a bellwether for midterms?," 14 Mar. 2018 Ndamukong Suh turkey shoot: Players use pellet guns to scare cable repairmen off the field. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions-themed events would liven up 2018 Pro Bowl," 27 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On social media, some accused the State Department of scare-mongering. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Keep your heads down, U.S. embassy warns Americans ahead of London Trump visit," 11 July 2018 These visa scares have generally affected businesses and organizations in health care and automotive that hire Windsor-area residents for hard-to-fill positions, according to immigration attorney Marc Topoleski of the Ellis Porter law firm in Troy. Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump trade war threatens strong Detroit-Windsor ties," 22 June 2018 Hereditary is a great scare-fest and a middling domestic saga, one that probably needed to be either 90 minutes long and brimming with terror, or three hours long and suffused with glacial, Bergman-esque dread. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Close-to-Home Horror of Hereditary," 7 June 2018 The film keeps putting the audience through the game’s paces without offering any real scares. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Capsule movie reviews for week of April 29," 26 Apr. 2018 The 36-year-old American has spoken openly about a health scare during childbirth. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams vs. Evgeniya Rodina: Mom vs. Mom," 8 July 2018 San Diego County had its own scare in February 2017, when high levels of lead were detected at three campuses in San Ysidro School District. Lauryn Schroeder, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Does your school have lead in its drinking water?," 5 July 2018 Pasek, who was born in Poland and became a U.S. citizen in 2008, experienced his own scare at the border five years ago when a Canadian official told him he wasn't eligible for another work permit renewal. Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump trade war threatens strong Detroit-Windsor ties," 22 June 2018 Selig, who had his own cancer scare with melanoma in 2004, offered to put Caplinger in touch with any specialist in the country and basically do anything within his power to help win this battle. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers medical director finds 'awesome' support in battle with pancreatic cancer," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of scare

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scare

Verb

Middle English skerren, from Old Norse skirra, from skjarr shy, timid

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More Definitions for scare

scare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to become afraid

: to become afraid

scare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scare (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden feeling of fear

: a situation in which a lot of people become afraid because of some threat, danger, etc.

scare

verb
\ˈsker \
scared; scaring

Kids Definition of scare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to become or cause to become frightened Your stories scare the children.

scare up

: to find or get with some difficulty She scared up something for us to eat.

scare

noun

Kids Definition of scare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sudden feeling of fear : fright

2 : a widespread state of alarm There was a scare that the disease would spread.

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