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

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is having an excuse to scare the pants off people. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 That may scare off some users since butterfly keys have had problems in the past and have been known to be polarizing. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New MacBook Air, Mac mini hands-on: Making old favorites new again," 30 Oct. 2018 That’s likely to scare off the elite founders who are naturally skittish about yielding too much control to any investors, never mind one single one. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "SoftBank has a lot to worry about if it strikes this deal with WeWork," 10 Oct. 2018 The scandals surrounding Michigan State University shouldn't scare off quality candidates looking to be its next president, a search adviser said Friday. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State president is a great position, search adviser says," 29 June 2018 But at the same time, YouTube has had to contend with some edgy video producers who attract large followings but scare off advertisers. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "After 'tough' year, YouTube has a surprise -- it's bigger than ever," 21 June 2018 Those are band-aids on a gunshot wound, a couple strips of duct tape and bailing wire to keep the transmission from dropping, desperate shrieks in the wilderness hoping to scare off an approaching bear. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Can you put the college back in college basketball?," 25 Apr. 2018 The truth is that Trump firing Sessions, and temporarily replacing him with a loyalist named Matthew Whitaker who has publicly denounced the special counsel investigation, should scare us. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "We aren’t alarmed enough about Jeff Sessions’s firing," 8 Nov. 2018 If the trailer didn't scare you enough, Blumhouse Productions (the company responsible for Get Out, Insidious, and The Purge, to name a few) is producing the series. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Trailer for HBO's Sharp Objects Miniseries Is Utterly Chilling," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those Pyeongchang games went off without a hitch outside of an early Norovirus scare. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Year in Sports: Truth Wins," 18 Dec. 2018 That’s why this particular tour seems very special considering the political climate and all of these scares. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Dead and Company on summer tour: 'Music mediates troubled times'," 14 June 2018 He was hospitalized in Akron General Hospital in 2016 after a series of medical scares. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Summit County inmate died from cardiac arrest after fight with deputies, officials say," 14 May 2018 Now, the television personality and host is speaking out about his health scare in order to help spark a conversation about stroke and stroke recovery. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Montel Williams Describes His Life-Threatening Stroke: 'I Didn’t Think That I Was Going to Recover From This.'," 12 Oct. 2018 Tonight's episode starts the morning after the rose ceremony, so who knows if Chelsea and Christen made it out OK after their health scares. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: We Need to Talk About the 'Russian Witch Hunt'," 5 Sep. 2018 The Instagram-famous friend of the Kardashians who was carried out of Kylie Jenner's 21st birthday party on a stretcher is speaking out about her health scare. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Kylie Jenner's pal speaks out, explains why she was rushed out of wild birthday party," 13 Aug. 2018 There’s no word yet on whether the 65-inch, 75-inch, and 82-inch sizes will be available for preorder, but the 85-inch TV will be shipping on October 28th — just in time to set up an immersive haunted house and to give your wallet a good scare. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Samsung’s 85-inch 8K TV will go on sale for $15,000," 3 Oct. 2018 The full-back scored an excellent goal against Argentina but could only blast his shot into the reach of Courtois as Belgium survived another big scare. SI.com, "France 1-0 Belgium: Umtiti Heads Les Bleus Into World Cup Final as Red Devils Come Up Short Again," 10 July 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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