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

According to the Zoo, the vocalizations can indicate distress (chirps and honks), pain (squeals), a friendly gesture (bleats), a defensive threat (chomp—a teeth clattering rapid opening and closing of the mouth), or a bark to scare off an enemy. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 That support failed to scare off Jacob, who proved a prolific fundraiser, and Anderson quit campaigning before the primary. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nearly $1.5 million has already poured into 2020 San Diego County supervisors races," 2 Aug. 2019 Vacant buildings depress property values, provide places for criminals to hide and scare off prospective businesses. The Economist, "Baltimore needs help to fix its crime problems," 1 Aug. 2019 Part of the problem for Republicans is a strategic one — they, too have piled on the freshmen lawmakers, using their liberal views to scare off voters. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Republicans’ muffled response allows Trump to again break norms of civic behavior," 16 July 2019 There are plenty of people who will look at this stuff and see ounce counts that don’t add up or price tags that scare them off. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Couples Camping Gear Just Got Even Better," 20 June 2019 Some wolf activists objected to any harassment that might injure wolves, while livestock producers wanted more power to scare them off. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, "The Persuasive Power of the Wolf Lady," 29 May 2019 The wave of aftershocks that followed last week’s quakes didn’t scare her in the slightest. Los Angeles Times, "Even after huge earthquakes, much of Southern California still unprepared for The Big One," 17 July 2019 Deteriorating and dangerous conditions for migrants scare him, including the drowning of nine migrants in El Paso canals in June alone. Dallas News, "Mexico wrestles with its identity as the national guard helps Trump and López Obrador crack down on migrants," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thibaut Courtois and Luka Jović have returned to training following their injury scares, but Zinedine Zidane may choose not to risk them on Wednesday. SI.com, "Salzburg vs Real Madrid Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 5 Aug. 2019 Bruce Simpson: How is your health after your cancer scare? Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: A closer look at the fielding issues," 23 July 2019 The diagnosis following her recent health scare is still unclear. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Supa Cent Announces New Foundation Line To A Sold-Out Essence Festival Crowd," 8 July 2019 No one has been assigned to replace him, leaving Jamie as sole conservator — and his health scare left the estate in flux during his hospitalisation. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "Britney Spears: Her Conservatorship, Health Crisis & The Conspiracy Theories, Explained," 24 June 2019 His lone scare came when the right-hander made a sliding grab on a short popup in foul ground to lead off the fourth inning, his left cleat digging into the grass and causing him to hobble around for a moment. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies dominate Cubs behind Peter Lambert’s strong home debut and potent bats," 11 June 2019 Weeks after first revealing the news in an emotional essay for The New Yorker, the Game of Thrones star gave more details about her health scares. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke Shared Rare Photos From Her Brain Surgeries After Suffering Two Aneurysms," 8 Apr. 2019 Since her health scare, Clarke has fully recovered and developed a charity, SameYou, which provides treatments for young people recovering from brain injuries and stroke. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke Speaks Out About Surviving Two Brain Aneurysms," 21 Mar. 2019 China hawks need to think this new Red scare policy all the way through to the end. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Hong Kong’s protests flare in the shadow of the U.S.-China rivalry," 29 July 2019

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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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