[ dair ]
/ dɛər /
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verb (used without object), dared or (Archaic) durst [durst]; /dɜrst/; dared;daring;present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
verb (used with object), dared or (Archaic) durst [durst]; /dɜrst/; dared;daring;present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
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.
a challenge or provocation posed to someone to test their boldness or courage:I accepted the dare.
an action proposed to someone as a challenge or test of boldness or courage:Will he be able to complete the dare?She knew it was going to be a humiliating dare.
dare say. See entry at daresay.
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Idioms about dare
on a dare, in response to being challenged to attempt something dangerous or bold: She scaled the wall on a dare.
Origin of dare
First recorded before 900; Middle English dar (verb), Old English dear(r), 1st and 3rd person singular present indicative of durran; akin to Old High German gitarran
synonym study for dare
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM daredar·er, nounre·dare, verb (used with object), re·dared, re·dar·ing.un·dared, adjective
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[ dair ]
/ dɛər /
Vir·gin·ia [ver-jin-yuh], /vərˈdʒɪn yə/, 1587–?, daughter of Lost Colony settlers, the first child born in the Americas to English parents.
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British Dictionary definitions for dare
/ (dɛə) /
(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
Derived forms of daredarer, noun
Word Origin for dare
Old English durran; related to Old High German turran to venture
usage for dare
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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