Dare

[ dair ]
/ dɛər /

noun

Virginia,1587–?, first child born of English parents in the Western Hemisphere.

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British Dictionary definitions for virginia dare

dare

/ (dɛə) /

verb

(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
  1. (it is) quite possible (that)
  2. probably: used as sentence substitute

noun

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

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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