scare

verb
\ ˈsker How to pronounce scare (audio) \
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

affright, alarm (also alarum), fright, frighten, horrify, panic, scarify, 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

There’s no way the news media would try to scare people away from reading books. Faye Flam, Twin Cities, "Faye Flam: Some things are scary. ‘Horns’ from smartphone use aren’t.," 6 July 2019 Over a period of weeks, villagers repeatedly shot at Hope, trying to scare her away. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "One Casualty of the Palm Oil Industry: An Orangutan Mother, Shot 74 Times," 29 June 2019 Certainly, that should scare Trump, a president who has seemingly sought to obstruct justice. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why We Need a Tough President Like Kamala Harris," 9 May 2019 His name was Travis, a boy with a terrible stutter who was big enough to scare the bully out of Virginia. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton explores his childhood in the 'Penny Candy' land of Pleasant Grove," 6 June 2019 Tucked in the middle of this holiday playlist is an episode to scare you out of any listening complacency. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 And there's even more outdoor Halloween decor that’s guaranteed to scare the bejeepers out of your guests and trick-or-treaters. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Home Depot's New Hauntingly Cool Halloween Decorations Are Here," 7 Aug. 2018 The works that seduce our ears most, or the ones that most effectively scare the dickens out of us with visions of fire and brimstone? James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Play the ‘Best’ of Bach?," 22 June 2018 Towel drying just doesn't cut it, and plain old hair dryers mostly just scare our furry friends away. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Huge Fluffy Hair Dryers for Dogs Exist And I Can’t Stop Laughing," 15 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Social media has enabled scare stories and misinformation about vaccines to spread fast. Alex Whiting, Quartz, "How France is convincing its citizens to get vaccinated," 26 June 2019 The company has been accused of using scare tactics and threats to manipulate seniors to move their savings into investments controlled by the company, according to an emergency order filed May 1 in Texas. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "MN warns seniors about precious metals investment scam," 10 June 2019 Horror Nights will include 10 haunted houses and five scare zones. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights: Tickets on sale with scary amount of options," 7 June 2019 That would be, uh, quite an effective scare tactic. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Is Arya's Reanimated Family What She's Running From In 'Game of Thrones'?," 19 Apr. 2019 The latest photogenic scare tactic is the at-home LED shield, which has a Jason-goes-Jetsons look. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "At-Home LED Light Masks: Effective, Terrifying, or Both?," 31 May 2019 Miller regained some feeling in her extremities, but soon learned that cancer potentially caused her terrifying health scare. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma? Abby Lee Miller Is Diagnosed With Blood Cancer," 19 Apr. 2018 In 2013, the Warriors were still figuring things out, and only managed to throw a mild scare at Tim Duncan’s Spurs. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Playoffs: The Biggest Questions For Each Series," 12 Apr. 2018 There were subpar stretches against Clemson, a scare at South Dakota State, an ugly offensive display in the one prior loss to Florida State. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "After loss to UConn, the Cardinals embrace their identity: They're fighters," 13 Feb. 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 How to pronounce scare (audio) \
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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