[ dair ]
/ dɛər /
verb (used without object), dared or (Archaic) durst; 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; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or 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.
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dare say, daresay.
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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for darer
/ (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 Formsdarer, noun
Word Origin for dare
Old English durran; related to Old High German turran to venture
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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