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Dare

[dair]
noun
  1. Virginia,1587–?, first child born of English parents in the Western Hemisphere.
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British Dictionary definitions for virginia 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 virginia dare

dare

n.

1590s, from dare (v.).

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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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