Definition of dare in English:

dare

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Pronunciation: /dɛː
 
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verb (3rd singular present usually dare before an expressed or implied infinitive)

  • 1 (as modal usually with infinitive with or without to often with negative) Have the courage to do something: a story he dare not write down she leaned forward as far as she dared
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    • He went on air on a Sunday afternoon and captivated his audience for three hours, nobody daring to ‘switch that dial’ as he would say himself!
    • I did receive a kind note from a visitor who thanked me for my courage, and for daring to portray Mary in that way.
    • In a society of individualists nobody dare admit to being a conformist.
    Synonyms
    be brave enough, have the courage, pluck up courage, take the risk; venture, have the nerve, have the temerity, make so bold as, be so bold as, have the effrontery, have the audacity, presume, go so far as; risk doing, hazard doing, take the liberty of doing
    informal stick one's neck out, go out on a limb
    North American informal take a flyer
    archaic make bold to
  • 1.1 (how dare you) Used to express indignation at something: how dare you talk to me like that!
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    • How dare you try to make me feel selfish and isolationist when I am grieving?
    • That is not true and you know it… how dare you even say that about me.
    • How dare you to interfere where you don't belong?
  • 1.2 (don't you dare) Used to order someone threateningly not to do something: don’t you dare touch me
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    • And don't you dare to say my sister isn't pretty!
    • But whatever it is I'm threatening to do, don't you dare think I won't follow through on it.
    • I didn't choose him and don't you dare ever bring him up again.
  • 2 [with object and infinitive] Defy or challenge (someone) to do something: she was daring him to disagree [with object]: swap with me, I dare you
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    • He looked straight into Heero's eyes, daring him to challenge what he was about to say next.
    • Caitlin raised her eyebrows, daring him to disagree.
    • Jonathon's tepid gaze defied her, dared her to lose her temper.
    Synonyms
    challenge, provoke, goad, taunt, defy, summon, invite, bid; throw down the gauntlet to
  • 3 [with object] literary Take the risk of; brave: few dared his wrath
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    • She had never been brave enough to dare even a tame ride around the temple grounds on its back after that.
    • Her dance instructor was one of the few who dared the wrath of the king, and spoke to the young girl, whom he pitied.
    • Even now, interviewed thirty years later, the wife yells at the husband for daring the wrath of these wiseguys.

noun

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  • A challenge, especially to prove courage: she ran across a main road for a dare
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    • His start came at the tender age of 18 when he began performing stand-up comedy on a dare from his University dorm mates.
    • No doubt someone will tell us the design meets the necessary standards, but if so, the standards do not recognise what children will do for a dare.
    • Take on a dare, and demonstrate that you don't always take yourself so seriously.
    Synonyms
    challenge, provocation, goad, taunt; gauntlet, invitation, ultimatum, summons

Phrases

I dare say (or daresay)

Used to indicate that one believes something is probable: I dare say you’ve heard about her
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  • It's a lot of money, but I daresay a lot is expected of him.
  • Chopin ‘saddens’ the original theme in a manner which is, I daresay, objectively verifiable: the minor key descent is right there on the page.
  • For me, the culprit is not really important, although I daresay a lot of Americans feel very differently.

Derivatives

darer

noun
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  • Midas uses Tamburlainian imagery to describe how he will wish for gold and thus be ‘monarch of the world, the darer of fortune’.
  • Though the other darers have been unwavering pillars of support, I admit I was a bit surprised and mildly dismayed at the total lack of support from other areas.
  • Whenever and wherever possible, let's take time to salute and support America's small businesses and the entrepreneurial dreamers, darers and doers who run them.

Origin

Old English durran, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic gadaursan, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek tharsein and Sanskrit dhṛṣ- 'be bold'.

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