Dare - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |der|  American pronunciation of the word dare
Brit.  |deə|  British pronunciation of the word dare
- a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy (syn: daring)
he could never refuse a dare
- take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission (syn: presume)
How dare you call my lawyer?
- to be courageous enough to try or do something
I don't dare call him
she dares to dress differently from the others
- challenge (syn: defy)
I dare you!

Examples

Try it if you dare.

We wanted to laugh but didn't dare.

The actress dared a new interpretation of the classic role.

She dared him to dive off the bridge.

She dared me to ask him out on a date. I did, and he said yes.

I dare not protest.

She didn't dare open her mouth.

He wanted to ask her, but he didn't dare.

'I'll tell Dad.' 'You wouldn't dare!'

I daren't go home.

Only a few journalists dared to cover the story.

She hardly dared hope that he was alive.

Dare we admit this?

They dared Ed to steal a bottle of his father's whiskey.

So jump, then. I dare you.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: dare
he/she/it: dares
present participle: daring
past tense: dared
past participle: dared
noun
singular: dare
plural: dares
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