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scare

play
verb \ ˈsker \

Definition of scare

scared; scaring
transitive verb
:to frighten especially suddenly :alarm
intransitive verb
:to become scared

scarer

noun

Examples of scare in a Sentence

  1. You scared me. I didn't see you there.

  2. Stop that, you're scaring the children.

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Origin and Etymology of scare

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


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scare

noun

Definition of scare

1 :a sudden fright
2 :a widespread state of alarm :panic

scare

adjective

Examples of scare in a Sentence

  1. There have been scares about the water supply being contaminated.

  2. fired over their heads in order to throw a scare into them

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First Known Use of scare

circa 1548



SCARE Defined for English Language Learners

scare

play
verb

Definition of scare for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to become afraid

  • : to become afraid


scare

noun

Definition of scare for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden feeling of fear

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


SCARE Defined for Kids

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scare

play
verb \ ˈsker \

Definition of scare for Students

scared; scaring
: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.

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scare

noun

Definition of scare for Students

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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