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dare

[dair]
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verb (used without object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
  1. to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
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verb (used with object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
  1. to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
  2. to meet defiantly; face courageously.
  3. to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy: to dare a man to fight.
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auxiliary verb
  1. 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.
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noun
  1. an act of daring or defiance; challenge.
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Idioms
  1. dare say, daresay.
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Origin of dare

before 900; Middle English dar (v.), Old English dear(r), 1st and 3rd person singular present indicative of durran; akin to Old High German gitarran
Related formsdar·er, nounre·dare, verb (used with object), re·dared, re·dar·ing.un·dared, adjective

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1. Dare, venture imply involvement in risks and dangers. Dare emphasizes the state of mind that makes one willing to meet danger: He dared to do what he knew was right. Venture emphasizes the act of doing something that involves risk: He ventured into deep water.

Dare

[dair]
noun
  1. Virginia,1587–?, first child born of English parents in the Western Hemisphere.
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DARE

  1. Dictionary of American Regional English.
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Related Words for dare

taunt, insult, resist, oppose, threaten, provoke, defy, cartel, stump, provocation, spurn, bully, cope, front, confront, goad, denounce, face, disregard, brave

Examples from the Web for dare

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Historical Examples of dare

  • 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.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • This, I dare say, will make them alter their behaviour to you.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I have no friend but you to whom I can appeal, to whom I dare complain.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for dare

dare

verb
  1. (tr) to challenge (a person to do something) as proof of courage
  2. (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!
  3. (tr) rare to oppose without fear; defy
  4. I dare say or I daresay
    1. (it is) quite possible (that)
    2. probably: used as sentence substitute
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noun
  1. a challenge to do something as proof of courage
  2. something done in response to such a challenge
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Derived Formsdarer, noun

Word Origin for dare

Old English durran; related to Old High German turran to venture

usage

When used negatively or interrogatively, dare does not usually add -s: he dare not come; dare she come? When used negatively in the past tense, however, dare usually adds -d: he dared not come
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Word Origin and History for dare

v.

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.

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n.

1590s, from dare (v.).

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