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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And then there are places like the U.S., where people aren’t scared of surveys and still had much lower levels of trust. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 2 Aug. 2022 The lower level insiders are scared, fearful or sending out signals of hopelessness vs an awareness of the existential threat to America right now. Amanda Kaufman,, 12 July 2022 Majorities of parents say their children have felt sadness, while half are nervous, scared, angry, or stressed after seeing or hearing about the shooting. Fred Backus, Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, 5 June 2022 For two years, we’ve been stressed, scared, anxious and sleep-deprived. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, some of us too scared to go back to the office. Peter Weber, The Week, 16 Mar. 2022 And robots are replaceable so if the visitor is scared of dropping a $25,000 bowl, this one is available. Miki Lendon And Brad Lendon, CNN, 6 July 2022 But there’s also something uncomfortable about the idea that the way to fix this is to hide things that grieving, scared parents are trying to share about their families with the world. Wired, 6 July 2022 More research is needed, but some evidence suggests that these traditional drills can help parents and children feel less scared and more prepared. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scared

1579, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2022

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“Scared.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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