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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 Kellogg said that because Kyrin is scared and could flee, anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately and keep him in their sights instead of approaching him. Michelle L. Quinn,, 17 May 2021 Yes, your husband is probably very scared and does not know how to handle his feelings. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 17 May 2021 It was found that the driver was a University Heights girl, 17, who was fairly new to driving and who was scared. cleveland, 13 May 2021 Lienau said the incident has left her suffering from frequent panic attacks and describes herself in the immediate aftermath as having become paranoid, scared and anxious. Yasmine Askari,, 13 May 2021 Dad was scared for his life and took off his mask, putting his health at risk. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2021 Her daughter Claudia said her mother is too scared to leave her home and doesn’t feel safe going for her morning walks in the neighborhood. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 5 May 2021 Essentially, the barriers haven’t decreased after literal decades because most companies and their investors have been too scared to do the dirty work. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Parents like Evans are worried about safety and say their children, some as young as 5, are too scared to go in. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of scared

1579, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Scared.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scared

: afraid of something : nervous or frightened


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