Dare definition

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To oppose and defy; face.

He dared the wrath of the tyrant.

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A challenge to do a hard, dangerous, or rash thing, esp. as a test of courage.
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An act of daring; a challenge.
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To challenge (someone) to do something hard, dangerous, or rash, esp. as a test of courage.
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To be courageous or bold enough to.

I dare not say. How dare she go?

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To challenge (someone) to do something requiring boldness.

They dared me to dive off the high board.

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To be courageous or bold enough to do or try something.

Go ahead and dive if you dare.

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To have enough courage or audacity for some act; be fearless; venture.
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To have courage for; venture upon.

He will dare any danger.

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To confront boldly; brave.

Dared the dizzying heights of the mountain.

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(person) Born 1587; 1st child born in America of Eng. parents.
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The definition of a dare is a challenge to do something.

An example of a dare is a challenge to scream very loudly in a public place.

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Dare is defined as to have courage or to challenge someone to do something that requires courage.

An example of to dare is to go out in the dark to find a lost friend.

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(intransitive) To have enough courage (to do something).

I wouldn't dare argue with my boss.

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To defy or challenge (someone to do something)

I dare you to kiss that girl.

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To have enough courage to meet or do something, go somewhere, etc.; to face up to.

Will you dare death to reach your goal?

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To terrify; to daunt.
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To catch (larks) by producing terror through the use of mirrors, scarlet cloth, a hawk, etc., so that they lie still till a net is thrown over them.

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A challenge to prove courage.
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The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness.
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(obsolete) To stare stupidly or vacantly; to gaze as though amazed or terrified. [13th-16th c.]
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(obsolete) To lie or crouch down in fear. [13th-16th c.]
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A small fish, the dace.
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To have the courage required for.

The gymnast dared a breathtakingly difficult move.

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dare say
  • to think likely; suppose
    I dare say you're right.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dare
Plural:
dares

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of dare

  • Middle English daren from Old English dearr first and third person sing. present indicative of durran to venture, dare dhers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English durran, from Proto-Germanic *durzaną, from Proto-Indo-European. Cognate with Ancient Greek θαρσεῖν (tharsein), Lithuanian drįsti.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English darian.

    From Wiktionary