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 daredMore example sentences
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 limbNorth American • informal take a flyer• archaic make bold to
- 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.
- 1.1 (how dare you) Used to express indignation at something: how dare you talk to me like that!More example sentences
- 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 meMore example sentences
- 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 youMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 [with object] • literary Take the risk of; brave: few dared his wrathMore example sentences
- 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 dareMore example sentences
- 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.
I dare say (or daresay)
- Used to indicate that one believes something is probable: I dare say you’ve heard about herMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English durran, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic gadaursan, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek tharsein and Sanskrit dhṛṣ- 'be bold'.