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 a man with an arm-size glove standing on the roof, and Caruso explains that he was hired to wrangle the hawk to scare away seagulls, a potential beach nuisance. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 However, Beijing’s vulnerable currency could still scare off local investors and deter foreign institutions that aren’t required to track indexes closely. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Trade and Yuan Cloud Outlook for Chinese Markets," 30 Dec. 2018 That amount of concentration might scare off traditional venture investors. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "SoftBank is betting the Vision Fund on WeWork," 10 Oct. 2018 Stories that try to guilt or scare us into making more eco-friendly choices just don’t work. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "6 Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly Right This Second," 15 Jan. 2019 Thanks to social media, a meltdown on a plane can now reach millions of people in minutes, which Sara Nelson of the Association of Flight Attendants says may actually scare people into behaving better. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why there are so many viral confrontations on airplanes," 2 Nov. 2018 For most people, such an episode would’ve been enough to scare them out of the public eye. Amy Chozick, Vogue, "Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down," 28 Aug. 2018 Critics of the Parkland school shooting survivors have been trying to shame or scare those kids into silence since the first one hopped on Twitter to push for sensible gun reform. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Op-ed telling liberals to pipe down fails to consider power of #MeToo," 14 May 2018 Authorities said the incident is part of a string of virtual kidnapping schemes that aim to scare people into handing over money. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "‘Virtual kidnapping’ scam targets Laguna Beach mother and brings warning from police," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now, patriarch Billy Brown was briefly hospitalized after a health scare. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Billy Brown Was Hospitalized After a Health Scare," 21 Oct. 2018 And hot snacks have been causing health scares for a long time, with many kids being rushed to the ER because of red poop which was actually just caused by eating too many of Chester Cheetah’s favorite hot commodity. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Hot Cheetos and Takis May Have Contributed to Teen's Need for Gallbladder Surgery," 24 July 2018 Even after more than a year away from the tour, even after a health scare while having a baby a little more than 10 months ago, Williams is still capable of dominance. Howard Fendrich, Fox News, "Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall," 13 July 2018 Even after more than a year away from the tour, even after a health scare while having a baby a little more than 10 months ago, Williams is still capable of dominance. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final," 12 July 2018 Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been admitted to hospital following a reportedly seriously health scare. SI.com, "Former Man Utd Manager Sir Alex Ferguson Admitted to Hospital Following Serious Health Scare," 5 May 2018 But her weight-loss journey kicked off with a serious health scare. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This Woman Followed a Keto Diet and Lost 100 Pounds—Without Giving Up Pizza," 3 May 2018 More than two weeks after a health scare sent Alabama broadcaster Chris Stewart to the hospital, the voice of Crimson Tide basketball provided an update. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Chris Stewart provides update after serious medical scare," 2 May 2018 Hyland's latest health scare included a bout of pink eye and a respiratory infection. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Cheered Up Sarah Hyland After She Returned from the Hospital This Weekend," 24 Mar. 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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