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

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 That's why the infinitesimally low risk of being eaten by a shark scares millions of people out of the ocean, and why vanishingly rare plane crashes scare travelers into their cars and trucks (a statistically riskier way to get around). David Ropeik, Anchorage Daily News, "School shootings are extraordinarily rare. Why is fear of them driving policy?," 10 Mar. 2018 First, don’t let emotional reactions like fairness scare you away. Shlomo Benartzi And Suzanne Shu, WSJ, "Why Retirees Are Wary of Annuities," 10 Feb. 2019 The specters raised by Schlafly to scare away ERA supporters, such as married gay people and women fighting on the front lines, have materialized anyway. Kelsy Kretschmer, Washington Post, "Illinois ratified the ERA — 36 years late. Here’s what you need to know.," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After that terrifying Archie scare, fans are excited to see proof that their fave redhead isn't actually dead. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Is "Riverdale" On Tonight?," 23 Jan. 2019 Sentiment measures remain higher than those seen in the postcrisis scares of 2010, 2013 or early 2016. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Investors Go From Overoptimistic to Sort of Pessimistic," 21 Jan. 2019 Within his presidential palace and the halls of government, concerns about the protests remain intense despite the Strasbourg scare. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "France’s Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack," 12 Dec. 2018 In a new interview with People, supermodel Gisele Bündchen opens up about the mental health scare that changed the course of her life. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Gisele Bündchen Says She Once Considered Suicide After Severe Panic Attacks," 26 Sep. 2018 And one of the people who has been at her side throughout the scare is Wilmer Valderrama, the singer's ex-boyfriend. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Demi Lovato Is "Getting Better" Following Multiple Visits from Ex Wilmer Valderrama," 29 July 2018 This particular incident is nothing compared to the scare Uecker endured in the off-season thanks to a poisonous spider bite. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker sidelined briefly by a scratched eye," 3 July 2018 Pascucci threw an outside pitch that forced a ground out to end the inning, avoiding the biggest scare of the day. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "In D2 debut, Greater New Bedford softball rules South," 16 June 2018 The first scare came in the third minute following a late tackle from behind by midfielder Alessandro Schoepf. Eric Willemsen, chicagotribune.com, "Neymar shines as Brazil beats Austria 3-0 in final World Cup warmup," 10 June 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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