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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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Recent Examples on the Web The 3-year-old medium hair calico was living with a number of other kitties in the home, but unfortunately had not had a lot of human socialization and was quite understandably very scared in the shelter environment. Katherine Fritcke, azcentral, "Ludo and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 6 Dec. 2019 Candidates on the left and right promise purity in all things, and elected politicians are often more scared of a primary challenge than of a general-election contest. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Cancel the Primaries," 1 Nov. 2019 When there’s pressure moments you can’t get scared. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Kingwood’s Burrell picks up 1000th kill en route to undefeated district title," 1 Nov. 2019 She wasn't hurt, but very scared, wrote the district. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Firefighters let "very scared" little girl paint their nails after she was in a car crash," 14 Oct. 2019 Alone, scared and in a strange country (CNN)Deisi Arreces-Huitz sat quietly in a tiny bus station in South Texas, holding a stack of tickets. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A Guatemalan girl was separated from her father at the US border. When she turned 18, she had to find him on her own," 30 Nov. 2019 Now, the Bears have a 25-year-old quarterback who hasn’t developed, who is playing scared and is never (or rarely) playing with a lead. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 22-14 loss to the Eagles," 4 Nov. 2019 Jane remembers feeling scared and angry at various points in her relationships. Jen Zettel-vandenhouten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Indian women often face domestic violence. Here's how Wisconsin women can get help.," 31 Oct. 2019 Some parents might have been scared they’d be asked to speak, said Dana Ray, a director in Choudhury’s office. San Antonio Express-News, "Pedro Martinez takes on poverty, charters, and the teacher's union. We followed him into the fray.," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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5 Jan 2020

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“Scared.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scared

: afraid of something : nervous or frightened

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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