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

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

But the competition likely doesn't scare Amazon—on the contrary, the retail giant wants to have its voice assistant available in as many products as possible. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon said to release eight new Alexa devices before year’s end," 18 Sep. 2018 Cancer were not scare him, and to would maintain that buoyant spirit to the very end, too stubborn to sit still, opinionated as ever, fiercely devoted to his friends, and most of all to his family. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Read Barack Obama’s eulogy for Sen. John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 According to Fox News, Sorvino was auditioning for a role in a horror movie, for which the casting director wanted to scare her before a scene. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Mira Sorvino Claims Casting Director Gagged Her With a Condom When She Was 16," 11 July 2018 The two men who allegedly made two acid bombs Tuesday at a home just outside Baldwin Park wanted to scare off some unwanted guests, an affidavit says. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Men made acid bombs to scare unwanted occupants at Baldwin Park-area home, affidavit says," 7 June 2018 But his threat to scare the young bullies got Paul Chapman, 43, arrested on Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "First-graders bullied his son. He threatened to send a man with an AR-15 to school, Illinois prosecutors say | Miami Herald," 26 Mar. 2018 In the second episode of the series, Sabrina makes nice with her enemies, the Weird Sisters, in order to scare some boys straight. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "5 Last-Minute "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Halloween Costumes That Are Totally Spellbinding," 30 Oct. 2018 Of course, before announcing that, host Tom Bergeron proceeded to scare DeMarcus Ware/Lindsay Arnold and Alexis Ren/Alan Bersten fans at home. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Why No One Went Home on 'Dancing With the Stars' Last Night," 23 Oct. 2018 Put it on your porch for an oceanic- or pirate-themed display that's sure to turn heads, or hang in your house to scare the tails off your pets. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Mermaid Skeletons Are Here to Make a Splash This Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The possible exposure comes on the heels of a scare at the Harris County Sheriff's Office, after flyers found on deputies' cars tested positive for fentanyl. Julian Gill And Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police officer hospitalized after drug exposure," 11 July 2018 On Tuesday night, the ossified Democratic institutions got a new kind of scare. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "4 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections," 27 June 2018 The South Central champion got a scare in the sectional final before beating Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 6-5, in eight innings. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state softball: The basics and a look at the field," 6 June 2018 Of course, there's still the possibility of a good scare. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Aaron Posner and Teller’s Macbeth is no Tempest," 9 May 2018 This isn’t the first time an NCA cheer event has led to a mumps scare in North Texas. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Thousands of cheerleaders from 39 states potentially exposed to mumps at Texas meet | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Mar. 2018 But that hasn’t stopped the president from using its migration as a scare tactic in the days leading up to the midterms. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Barack Obama and Donald Trump Brought Their Respective Brands of Hope and Fear to the 2018 Midterm Campaign Trail," 5 Nov. 2018 Mexico survived a nail-biting scare to advance to the World Cup’s round of 16 as defending champion Germany was stunningly dumped out of the tournament on Wednesday. Martin Rogers, azcentral, "World Cup: Mexico advances to round of 16; defending champion Germany eliminated," 27 June 2018 Schultz worked five innings to get the victory, surviving a scare in the third inning to get the win. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Springs dumps Deer Park 6-3 in Game 1 of Area championship series," 12 May 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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