Scare - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sker|  American pronunciation of the word scare
Brit.  |skeə|  British pronunciation of the word scare


- sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events (syn: panic)
a war scare
a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building
- a sudden attack of fear


- cause fear in (syn: affright, fright, frighten)
- cause to lose courage (syn: dash, daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall)

Extra examples

You scared me. I didn't see you there.

Stop that, you're scaring the children.

There have been scares about the water supply being contaminated.

...fired over their heads in order to throw a scare into them...

Higher coffee prices are scaring away the customers.

Loud noises can scare animals or birds.

The alarm scared the hell out of me.

You really gave us a scare! seriously mistake me if you think I scare so easily...

...zealots on both sides of the issue resorted to name-calling and scare tactics...

Despite last night's scare, it was business as usual in the White House today.

Eggs became the focus for the food poisoning scare.

Hardly a week goes by without some food scare being reported in the media.

• I don't scare easily, but I was sure as hell scared.

She pitched me some line about a bomb scare on the metro.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: scare
he/she/it: scares
present participle: scaring
past tense: scared
past participle: scared
singular: scare
plural: scares
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