verb (used without object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
verb (used with object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
- dare say,
- dare, virginia,
Origin of dare
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!”
While it may not leave you with many profound truths, I dare you not to fall in love.
He adds: “None of the fighters will dare touch it, if an emir has given permission.”
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|Melissa Leon|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How dare the government extend special protections to religions for no better reason than that they are religions?
They dare not let you live, for your existence spells their doom.Under the Witches' Moon|Nathan Gallizier
On this account he overcame his slight feeling against Mr. Dare, and put a question to test that gentleman's capacities.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy
I have fresh hopes given me; but I dare not please myself too much with them, lest I should be again disappointed.
But this question remained unanswered; the young girl did not dare, so to speak, to listen to the response made by her conscience.The Knight of Malta|Eugene Sue
Lady B. Tell me Dolly, how dare you take up with that person?Fontainbleau|John O'Keeffe
- (it is) quite possible (that)
- probably: used as sentence substitute
Word Origin 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.).