\ ˈskerd How to pronounce scared (audio) \

Definition of scared

: thrown into or being in a state of fear, fright, or panic scared of snakes scared to go out

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Examples of scared in a Sentence

I am really scared about speaking in front of the class. He was scared that his mother wouldn't let him go to the movies with his friends. She's scared to walk alone at night.
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Meghan McCain said President Trump is creating a culture in the military where people are scared to show her father’s name. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "USS John McCain controversy: Shanahan reached out to Cindy McCain," 3 June 2019 Many former guerilla leaders are scared they will be arrested next. Ciara Nugent, Time, "How a Former Guerrilla Leader’s U.S. Extradition Threatens Colombia’s Fragile Peace," 25 May 2018 And the scared little boy whose grandfather, his only caregiver, is in the hospital. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Dozens speak against education bill in West Virginia," 11 Feb. 2019 Ternus said the man broke into the business, got scared and called 911 on himself. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man who broke into an ‘escape room’ repeatedly called 911 when he couldn’t escape, police say," 12 July 2018 Yesterday, scared and frustrated, about half the caravan broke off and continued ahead. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 So apparently a handsome man chasing after adorably scared animals is a huge turn-on, no surprise. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus Confirm It: They Totally Got Married," 27 Dec. 2018 The goal was to inspire a scared fox to come out of hiding by rebuilding his home. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 Why are so many companies scared of using the blockchain like this, or are there more doing it? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of scared

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scared was in 1579

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English Language Learners Definition of scared

: afraid of something : nervous or frightened

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