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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Producing a weapon is usually enough to scare off your run-of-the-mill lowlife. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Do Guns Help People Defend Themselves?," 12 Sep. 2019 That ended when Brown asked for and was granted his release, which wasn’t enough to scare off the Patriots, who plucked him off the open market in a mere 15 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, "If the Steelers couldn’t find a way to make it work with Brown, that has to give the Patriots pause.," 11 Sep. 2019 CDs dangle high in the air, twisting in the breeze, to scare off the birds. Washington Post, "Lawns are in retreat. Is suburbia ready for the frontward veggie garden?," 11 Sep. 2019 The news of bison’s seeming hatred of the Australian hard rock outfit comes after a women used Metallica’s music to scare off a cougar. Melissa Locker, Time, "Cops Blast AC/DC to Get the Reluctant Bison Moving Out of the Road and It Works Like a Charm," 11 Sep. 2019 His middle is 89 overall, but the drop to 83 pace will scare off many fans. SI.com, "FIFA 20: Ratings of All-New Icons Revealed Featuring Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba & Pep Guardiola," 3 Sep. 2019 That is to say the central question for Democrats is nominating someone who is electable, who isn't going to scare off those voters who a Democrat desperately needs. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 25, 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Demand in China has far exceeded capacity, creating waits long enough to scare off applicants. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trump takes aim at 'golden visa' program that's pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in investment into Texas," 24 Aug. 2019 The store proprietor was rescued by his 13-year-old son, who heard his father yelling for help and came out with a bat to scare the attacker off. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A Central Valley man’s lifelong quest to build his own Chicano library," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His health scare prompted Spears to cancel her Las Vegas residency show. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears has a new conservator after father Jamie Spears steps down: Reports," 5 Sep. 2019 In her first major since her post-cancer scare, the former Stanford star pushed Simona Halep to a third set. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "U.S. Open Midterm Grades: Taylor Townsend, Serena, Big Three Get High Marks," 1 Sep. 2019 The pain subsided, but the scare lingered in the back of his mind. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Despite Mike Fiers’ scare on the mound, Athletics power out a win over Rangers," 14 Sep. 2019 Buffs faithful feared a contest that would mirror the holy scare Army gave No. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs bit by Nebraska hangover, fall to Air Force in OT, 30-23," 14 Sep. 2019 Peter Hajek, an expert on tobacco dependence at Queen Mary University of London, says the scare is being used to deter cigarette smokers from switching to less risky vapes. The Economist, "A deadly outbreak casts a dark cloud over e-cigarettes," 14 Sep. 2019 The horror aspect of it, the scares didn’t even sort of present themselves to me. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Today will be different: An oral history of The Vampire Diaries pilot," 9 Sep. 2019 The scares in Chapter Two are different because the level of awareness and expectations are different. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'It: Chapter Two' and the Weight of Expectations," 7 Sep. 2019 That the scare canceled the parade, in which Gov. Philip D. Murphy and his wife had been scheduled to march, as well as the charity fun run and evening fireworks, was a painful coda to a summer pockmarked by anxiety. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "A Summer Rite Canceled by a New Reality: Fear," 2 Sep. 2019

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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
How to pronounce scare (audio)

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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