Definition of dare in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɛː

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.
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.
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.


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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.
challenge, provocation, goad, taunt;
gauntlet, invitation, ultimatum, summons


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


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.



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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.

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