cause great fear or nervousness in; frighten:the rapid questions were designed to scare her into blurting out the truth
drive or keep (someone) away by frightening them:the threat of bad weather scared away the crowds
[no object] become scared:I don’t think I scare easily
a sudden attack of fright:gosh, that gave me a scare!
[usually with modifier] a situation characterized by sudden alarm or anxiety about something:recent food scares have made the public rightly sensitive to new, apparently untested technologiesshe has been given the all-clear after a breast cancer scare
scare something up
informal, chiefly North American manage to find or obtain something:for a price, the box office can usually scare up a pair of tickets
Middle English: from Old Norse skirra 'frighten', from skjarr 'timid'