- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for dare on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for dared
He subsequently asked a reporter to accompany him as he dared to share his story with the police for the first time.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys
December 18, 2014
Uber recently threatened to use the personal data of a tech journalist to destroy her because she dared criticize them.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
November 19, 2014
I was quoted in The New York Times saying, ‘We dared to be dull’.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?
November 4, 2014
Those that dared to complain were punished with bad shifts, demoted, or even fired.Waitressing Is One of the Worst Jobs for Sexual Harassment
October 8, 2014
And would he have dared to say, “I hate Putin, he is making the world unsafe?”Igor Meerson, Russia’s Funniest Export
September 24, 2014
Geta dared trust no one but me to carry a message to Clinias.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But much as he yearned to do so, he dared not search the wall.
If Andrew had let out Sally she would have walked away from them all, but he dared not do that.
The gage had been thrown down to Andrew, and he dared not pick it up.
This was just what Hester wished but had not dared to propose.Weighed and Wanting
- (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 dared
1590s, from 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.