- to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
- to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
- to meet defiantly; face courageously.
- to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy: to dare a man to fight.
- to have the necessary courage or boldness to (used chiefly in questions and negatives): How dare you speak to me like that? He dare not mention the subject again.
- an act of daring or defiance; challenge.
- dare say, daresay.
Origin of dare
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- Virginia,1587–?, first child born of English parents in the Western Hemisphere.
- Dictionary of American Regional English.
Examples from the Web for dare
In defiance, I held my ticket above my head, which triggered the spitting and chants of “How Dare You!”Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
Despite the 21 years I did in prison for a drug conviction, I am assimilating back into mainstream or, dare I say, white America.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
While it may not leave you with many profound truths, I dare you not to fall in love.This Week’s Hot Reads: October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
He adds: “None of the fighters will dare touch it, if an emir has given permission.”U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
An admirable priority this season would be to have Carol continue to evolve into—dare I even dream?‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Carol Is the Hero of the Zombie Apocalypse
October 13, 2014
Now, Mr. Bines, I like him and I dare say you've done the best thing for him, unusual as it was.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He has all his housework there, a broom and a duster, and I dare say he has a cooking-stove and a gridiron.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Yet the superscription is of his dictating, I dare say, for he is a formal wretch.
This, I dare say, will make them alter their behaviour to you.
I have no friend but you to whom I can appeal, to whom I dare complain.
- (tr) to challenge (a person to do something) as proof of courage
- (can take an infinitive with or without to) to be courageous enough to try (to do something)she dares to dress differently from the others; you wouldn't dare!
- (tr) rare to oppose without fear; defy
- I dare say or I daresay
- (it is) quite possible (that)
- probably: used as sentence substitute
- a challenge to do something as proof of courage
- something done in response to such a challenge
Word Origin and History for dare
from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cf. Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cf. Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").
An Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.
1590s, from dare (v.).