Definition of dare in English:
verb(3rd singular present usually dare before an expressed or implied infinitive without 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
This is a word with the deepest roots, related to forms in Greek and in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. It originally meant ‘to have the courage to do something’. By the late 16th century there also existed the sense ‘to challenge or defy someone’, which is the meaning behind daredevil (late 18th century), a contraction of ‘someone ready to dare the devil’. This sort of formation is also seen in cut-throat (mid 16th century) and scarecrow (mid 16th century).
don't you dare
- Used to order someone threateningly not to do something: don’t you dare touch me!More 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.
how dare you
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.
- Example sentences
- 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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