verb(3rd singular present usually dare before an expressed or implied infinitive without to)
Old English durran, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic gadaursan, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek tharsein and Sanskrit dhṛṣ- 'be bold'
A verb that can be used as a normal verb and also as a modal auxiliary verb. For this reason it is sometimes described as a ‘semi-modal’ verb.As a normal verb, it is followed by the infinitive form of the verb:He dared to criticize the leader outright. As a modal auxiliary verb, it is followed by the verb stem:But I dare say you like apples. She dared not complain. It can also stand alone in expressions such as:Don’t you dare!